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y thing's Up To Date 
in Kansas City!'' 

Charles W. Turner 


There is no doubt aoout it, the title is not original! It 
appeared years ago, but it's new to me. It has been 
several years since I spent some time in Kansas City, Mis- 
souri. The last time I was there I was hit by a drunken 
driver and my auto suffered some damage. This time 
around, Ken Herman and I visited Kansas City to attend 
a convention in the interest of BMH Books. The Ameri- 
can Association of Bible Colleges held their annual con- 
vention and we were there to interest professors in using 
our publications as textbooks for their classes. 

It was one week before the national elections, and 
several interesting things happened. A small band at- 
tracted our attention one afternoon— it was obviously 
going to be a political rally or at least some media event. 
The band was playing and as we entered the activities, 
we were given a red, white, and blue Danforth sticker. 
The governor of Missouri soon appeared and we had an 
opportunity to shake hands with him. Then the star of 
the program arrived— Senator John Danforth. Senator 
Danforth is an heir of the Ralston-Purina fame and for- 
tune. He was in a tight race against a Mrs. Woods for re- 
election to the United States senate. When he arrived he 
shook hands with everyone in sight and I wished him a 
good day on Tuesday— election day. He thanked me for 
taking the time to come to the rally and said he, too, 
hoped for a good Tuesday. Since we were from Indiana 
ail of this was in vain, but we had a good time and ap- 
plauded at the right moments. Later that evening, we 
discovered that the local TV stations had covered the 
rally, and we appeared on the evening new programs. 

The Shrine Circus was also in town and the San Diego 
Chicken was in for the Kansas City Kings' season opener- 
Kansas City was really up to date! 

However, the event that became a sure winner was 
right in our hotel lobby. Our hotel played host to the 
Wisconsin Dairy Association and the lobby was the scene 
of living proof of the up-to-dateness of Kansas City. One 
morning they started putting a series of tables end-to- 
end. Inasmuch as I am the kind of person who does not 

want to miss anything, I asked the reason. The only ex- 
planation I received was that the tables were to be at 
least one hundred feet long. Then it happened right 
there in Kansas City I The staff of the hotel put together 
a 100-foot long sandwich for the Wisconsin Dairy Asso- 
ciation. It was a big enough undertaking to bring persons 
from the plains of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma! Here 
were four 25-foot buns, placed end to end, filled with 
seven varieties of cheese weighing 67 pounds, and several 
pounds of additional assorted condiments. The city was 
invited to partake and 450 people arrived to eat— there 
was even a few feet of sandwich left over! 

Now things like senatorial races, big circuses, the San 
Diego Chicken, and 100-foot long cheese sandwiches 
hardly ever appear in our little town of Winona Lake, In- 
diana. The closest thing I can find is a 10-inch long hot 
dog at the local Dairy Queen. I must admit that it is 
1,190 inches short of the Kansas City counterpart. You 
can readily see why two boys from Indiana were im- 

However, being impressed is getting a little bit more 
difficult each year. The glaring realities of life and its 
problems are coming closer to home all the time. Our 
children and families are growing up in a race to bring 
everything up to date. Television no longer leaves any- 
thing to the imagination of the viewing public. TV is not 
only bigger and better, but the realism of our days 
throws the world into our laps each time we sit before 
the television set. Births, deaths, murders, drugs, drunk- 
enness, rape, and incest, along with war, divorce, and 
bloodshed are now commonplace. You do not have to 
go to Kansas City to be brought up to date anymore. It 
is all in your living room in vivid color, projected on a 
big screen. A recorder stands by to tape it if you miss 
the original telecast. 

Is it any wonder we find ourselves overwhelmed and 
under-satisfied these days? Like all other needs, God 
provides the refuge and covering and we do need His 
secret place to hide for some soul relief and comfort. 




Volume 45 No. 1 January 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
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Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
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John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
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Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Team Building a Church 

7 Offered: A "Life-Changing" Year 

8 Kansas City, Missouri, says: "Show Me" 
g BHMCNews 

12 How's Your M. I. Q.? 

15 FMSNews 

16 Doctors Share a Two-Continent Practice 
18 Answers 

20 Growth Restricting Obstacles 

22 Football Realities 

24 Only One Boy! He's Not Worth the Trouble 

27 Homespun 

28 Idea File 

30 A Missionary's Impression of Grace Schools 
32 Homecoming 1982 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 23 • 

rep( rted in the herald 

1948 - 35 Years Ago 

Rev. Ralph Colburn concluded his 
work at Compton, California, and as- 
sumed his new duties as National Youth 
Director. . . . Rev. Donald Carter resigned at 
San Diego, California, and joined the army 
as chaplain. 

1958 - 25 Years Ago 

Rev. R. Wayne Snider, dean of men 
and professor of history at Grace Col- 
lege, was ordained to the Christian ministry 
at Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. . . . Max Fluke 
in Unit 3 of the Brethren Construction 
Company reported work was progressing on 
the Anaheim, California, church building. 

1978 - 5 Years Ago 

"Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc." was the 
official name for the organization set up to 
publish a three-volume encyclopedia tracing 
the history and beliefs of the Brethren 
Church. Tentative publication date was set 
for 1983. ... A tribute to Dr. L. L. Grubb 
was presented and announcement made of a 
memorial to his honor. 


Dear Reader, 

Welcome to another New Year! 
The staff of the Herald wishes 
you a year of blessing and Chris- 
tian joy. It seems like a few 
weeks ago that we welcomed a 
new stranger into our lives— the 
stranger was 1982. This new 
visitor brought us many surprises 
and blessings as well as challenges. 
He has since departed and we 
have called him, "History. " Now 
for new opportunities, we trust 
that we at the Herald will be able 
to minister to you through the 
printed page. Thanks for past 

The Herald Staff 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Cover photo by Roland Ortega. 


"Paul stayed on in Corinth for 
some time. Ttien lie left the 
brothers and sailed for Syria, 
accompanied by Priscilla and 
Aquila ..." (Acts 18: 18 NIV). 

Right: Mark and Janette Henning. 

Below: left to right, 
Oren and Melody Walker 
and Chris and James Chance 
compare notes following 
an evening service at the 
Heights Grace Brethren 
Church, Albuquerque, New 
Mexico. (Photo by Liz Cutler) 

'Ram Building a Church 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

"Knowing how much worl< 
it is to start a church, I don't 
see how a guy can leave semi- 
nary without any other type 
of support, and get a church 
off the ground," says Oren 
Taylor, a modern-day Aquila 
who moved from the Saddle- 
back Valley Grace Brethren 
Church in Mission Viejo, Cali- 
fornia, last year to help the 
Heights Grace Brethren 
Church in Albuquerque, New 
Mexico, get off the ground. 
"To send out a team is the 
best way of getting a church 
going," he adds. 

Following the footsteps of 
the Roman tentmaker and his 

wife, Priscilla, who went with 
Paul from Corinth to Ephesus 
to assist in evangelism and 
church planting, Taylor, his 
wife, Melody, and James and 
Chris Chance established 
homes in Albuquerque with 
the purpose of assisting Pastor 
Mark and Janette Henning re- 
build the sagging Heights 
Grace Brethren Church. 

"We were a little bothered 
by him being sent all alone," 
notes James, a former deacon 
at the Saddleback Valley 
church where Mark had been 
an associate to Pastor Milan 

"We had been at Saddle- 
back Valley since its incep- 
tion," ;:idds Oren. "We had 
seen the value of the two or 

three couples that had gone 
along with Milan and we came 
to the conclusion that Mark 
would need some help." (The 
Saddleback Valley church was 
planted by the Long Beach, 
California, Grace Brethren 

The announcement that 
Mark would be leaving the 
staff of Saddleback Valley to 
pastor his own church "hit 
like a bombshell," according 
to both couples. "I felt right 
away that God wanted us to 
go," says Oren, also a former 
deacon at the Mission Viejo 

The second "bombshell" 
came when the couples an- 
nounced, without human 
prodding, that they would ac- 

■ JANUARY '83 


company the Henning family 
to New Mexico. "When we an- 
nounced it to the people in 
the church, there were a few 
gasps," recalls James of his 
own family's decision to 
move. "It caught everybody 
off guard, I think, including 
Mark. They knew that we 
never had any intention of 
ever leaving the church to 
move anywhere; that we were 
set there and that's where we 
intended to stay." 

The Chances both felt the 
Lord intended for them to 
move to Albuquerque. "He 
laid it on both our hearts, 
rather heavily, to leave Cali- 
fornia, when we never had any 
intention of ever leaving the 
area," adds James. "After 

"The churches in the province 

of Asia send you greetings. 

Aquila and Priscilla greet you 

warmly in the Lord, and so does 

the church that meets at their 

house" (1 Cor. 16:19 N IV). 

some specific prayers and 
specific answers from the 
Lord, we were without a 
choice as to whether or not to 
go, because the Lord made 
that clear to us." 

The move was not without 
sacrifices. Both families ex- 
perienced almost a 50 percent 
cut in monthly income, with 
still the same amount of bills, 
in addition to the stress of 
leaving family and friends. 

By their own admission, the 
Taylors didn't step out in faith 
when it came to making the 
move. "We said, 'Lord, these 
are the details, work them out 
if you want us to go,' " notes 
Melody. The offer of a teach- 
ing position in chemistry and 
math at Sandia High School 

Characteristics of a 
Church -Planting Pioneer 

The Taylor's and Chance's stories are not 
unique to Albuquerque. Pioneer lay church 
planters have assisted pastors in other parts of 
the country and could probably tell a similar 
tale of sacrifice and satisfaction. Most recent- 
ly, the Priscilla and Aquilla method of church 
planting has been tried in remote areas like 
Homer, Alaska; and in metropolitan areas like 
Cincinnati, Ohio, in addition to Albuquerque. 
Many other Home Mission churches are open 
for similar opportunities. 

What does it take to be a Priscilla or 
Aquilla? Some of the more successful 
personnel who have pioneered for the Lord in 
Home Missions churches have shared these 
common characteristics: 

— A stable family relationship, able to cope 
with the strains of transition. 

— A history of successful soul winning 
efforts and/or church involvement. 

— A marketable skill for the area's industry. 

— A knowledge of, or admiration for, the 
pastor on the field. 

— A supportive "sending" church. 

— A peace that they are where God wants 
them to be. 

— A prior visit to the new area to assess its 
attractiveness to the family, cost of living, 
available work, housing, and so forth. 

If you feel you meet these qualifications, 
and are interested, we'd like to hear from you. 
Contact Larry Chamberlain, administrative 
coordinator. Brethren Home Missions Council, 
Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

for Oren was one answer, so 
the move was made, leaving 
behind two successful con- 
tracting businesses in Mission 

It wasn't as easy for James, 
a machinist by trade. The first 
two weeks were spent unpack- 
ing, registering the children for 
school, and getting acquainted 
with the city, before the job 
search began. Within a short 

time, though, he was working 
at an area machine shop. A 
former secretary and teacher's 
aide, Chris now babysits in 
their home to supplement the 
income of the family, which 
includes Joanne 1 1 ; Jeffrey, 8; 
and Michelle, 1. 

Leaving family behind in 
the Los Angeles area was also 
difficult for both couples. 
Non-Christian family members 



could not understand the de- 
cision to move. "They thought 
of Jim Jones, and all these 
other things, when we sur- 
prised everyone with our sud- 
den turnaround of thought," 
says James. "But that didn't 
bother us nearly as much as 
Christians who didn't have the 
spiritual growth, that thought 
we were crazy." 

Neither couple has regretted 
the move and would do it 
again if the opportunity pre- 
sented itself. "One reason why 
it's been such an easy thing 
not to look back on, in spite 
of the problems that we've 
had, is there was a man at Sad- 
dleback, named Mickey, who 
was one of the elders. He said 
something that was really 
simple, but it has gone a long 
way in helping," comments 
James. "He said, 'Before you 
move, just get it straight in 
your mind that you're abso- 
lutely sure that God wants 
you to move, and then when 
you leave, you won't have to 
worry about all the reasons 
why you moved!" 

The experience has been re- 
warding in an admittedly sel- 
fish-sort of way. "You get a 
lot of peace knowing that you 
are doing what God wants you 
to do," says James. "It's been 
a joy to watch Mark working, 
and see the church grow. I've 
really enjoyed it." 

"It's been neat to see, not 
only a numerical growth, but 
also a spiritual growth in the 
people," adds Oren. 

Neither couple went to 
Albuquerque without first be- 
ing "tested," according to 
Mark. All four were heavily in- 
volved in the Saddleback Val- 
ley church— Oren as a deacon 
and director of the junior high 
and high school ministry; 
Melody in planning church- 
wide social functions; James as 
a deacon in charge of the 

facility and the sound system, 
and leading a shepherd group; 
and Chris as deaconess in 
charge of showers and a Sun- 
day school teacher. Spiritual 
maturity was also an impor- 
tant requirement, according to 
the pastor. 

"They came from having 
done it," notes Mark. "They 
were functioning 100 percent 
at Saddleback. A lot of people 
have the wild idea they can do 
this without having done it," 
he adds, stressing, "The loca- 
tion has changed, but not the 

For the Taylors and the 
Chances, the "ministry" has 
been wherever they are needed 
at the Heights GBC. Melody 
helps plan social functions 
that are geared to make com- 
munity contacts. Oren used 
his construction skills in add- 
ing a women's restroom, as 
well as maintaining the 
physical structure of the 
church. Chris helps out in the 
nursery and with women's 
Bible studies, while her hus- 
band operates the sound sys- 

"Oren's gift is exhortation," 
explains Pastor Mark. "James' 
is evangelism." Both men are 
involved in the evangelism and 
discipleship programs of the 
church, with James directing 
the evangelism training pro- 

The Chances have com- 
mitted themselves to the Albu- 
querque church for an indefi- 
nite period of time. "We did 
not limit ourselves because the 
Lord didn't limit us," notes 

The Taylors, on the other 
hand, are planning to return to 
California this summer with 
their children, Marrisa, bV2; 
and Seth, 3. "We were original- 
ly prepared to stay seven 
months to a year," Melody 
notes. "At the end of six 

months, we were not ready to 
leave." They would like to see 
the establishment of a high 
school and college ministry be- 
fore they leave. 

The couples have had a 
great deal of support from the 
Saddleback GBC, who sent 
them out as a church-planting 
team. "I feel that Saddleback 
almost totally prepared me to 
come here," comments 

"At Saddleback, we were 
taught a special, warm-type of 
love," she adds. "When we 
came here, we continued shar- 
ing that agape love without ex- 
pecting things in return." 

That love has paid off in 
changed lives and a recom- 
mitted Heights GBC. Their ap- 
parent success has not slowed 
their desire to spread the 
Gospel to all of Albuquerque. 
"The areas of prayer that we 
need are that we would con- 
tinue to see people come to 
Christ, and not just drop 
them; that we would continue 
to build them in the faith," 
says Oren. 

Prayer has been a valuable 
part of their ministry. "I think 
initially coming here, a lot of 
prayer from the Saddleback 
church, and some other chur- 
ches has probably accounted 
for a lot of our growth and 
smooth operation," notes 
James. ■ 

(BHMC Ed/tor's note: The 
Taylors and the Chances 
moved to Albuquerque last 
January along with the Hen- 
nings, to rebuild the dwindling 
Heights Grace Brethren 
Church. Upon arrival, they 
found only two remaining 
families, one of which soon 
left the area. A year later, the 
church is experiencing growth, 
with Sunday morning attend- 
ances reaching into the 80s.} 




of the 

A"Life - Changing" Year 

by Mark Henning, Pastor 

Heights Grace Brethren Church 

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

For most of us, 1982 included an uncomfortable 
reminder that we were not ". . . making the most of 
our time . . ." (Eph. 5:16). We all can make better use 
of our allotted time. But you must choose to invest 
your life for eternity. Will you? 

Some of us are excited concerning areas of minis- 
try which await us in 1983! Fantastic! Some, for 
various reasons, are nof excited about the potential of 
1983. Are you just "going through the motions" of a 
Christian experience? Does the "abundant life" prom- 
ised in John 10:10 seem to be an illusive "carrot" 
hanging just beyond your reach? Perhaps that decep- 
tive enemy, pride, may be robbing you of the very 
excitement which our Lord wants to bring forth 
through your life (Eph. 3:20-21 ). Pride in the area of 
"personal spiritual growth" has often kept me from 
giving closer attention to the very things that I 
needed in order to grow. When I humbled my- 
self and took a serious look at what I had been 
neglecting, the Lord began to manifest great joy in 
my heart and life through the application of "those 
things" (books, principles, actions, and so forth) that 
I thought I was beyond. 

Allow me to submit two actions which could 
possibly be the "elements" you need for a life- 
changing year. Don't allow pride to rob you of God's 

Action No, 1 : Personalizing the Word 

Many of us carry our Bible everywhere. Hopefully, 
we believe them from cover to cover. Often, however, 
we have not been feasting on what exists between the 
covers! Many who have been believers for some time 
are prone to rest on their past personal insights from 
the Word. What's new? Do you have something fresh 
to share? 

In Ephesians 6:17, we are told that part of the 
believer's armor is ". . . the sword of the Spirit, which 
is the word of God." The Spirit of God used a dif- 
ferent word for "word". He used rhema (see Vine's 
Expository Dictionary). The idea in Ephesians 6:17 is 
not that we have a Bible, in general, as a potential 
weapon. Rather, we have our personalized Word 
ready for battle. The personalized Word of God is 
that which we have been working with, meditating 
over, memorizing, and placing our eager fingerprints 
over its pages. The Holy Spirit will utilize this Word 

in a personal and applicable way to defeat Satan and 
his spiritual forces as they attack our lives. 

Have you allowed the sin of pride to stop you 
from personalizing your Bible? What a joy awaits you 
as "old and familiar" passages from His Word come 
"alive" with fresh application and challenge! What a 
joy in discovering "new" passages. Fight spiritual 
robbery. Stay teachable. Grow! (Ps. 1 19:18). 

Action No. 2: Establishing Believers 

If you are personalizing God's Word, your atti- 
tudes will begin to change. You will begin to look for 
opportunities to minister to people. In Romans 
1 :10-1 1 , Paul is intense in his longing to come to the 
Romans. Paul is begging God for the opportunity to 
become active in the lives of others. God, please, put 
me in the game. When was the last time you asked 
our Lord to put you actively into the lives of others 
in your church? It is my opinion that Paul was 
effective in the lives of others for Christ because that 
was the desire of his heart. We need that kind of a 

Last year could have been "routine" because you 
were not involved in lives. Some of you know what to 
do . . . you just aren't doing it. Some need to be 
evangelizing. That most significant and "life- 
changing" prayer that effects my personal spiritual 
perception is, "Lord, give me someone today to talk 
with about Jesus Christ." Just last week, that was 
my prayer because I felt a little "dry" spiritually. 
What a joy to have it specifically answered within 
twelve hours as the Lord brought someone who 
wanted Christ into my contact. He became saved. I 
became excited. That's how it works. Are you excited 
about Christ using you? Are you stagnating? The 
choice is yours. 

Some need to begin discipling others. Have you 
forgotten the greatest joy in Christ is to see your 
"fruit" continuing on in obedience to Him (3 John 4; 
1 John 1:1-5)? Sometimes, we are like Jonah . . . we 
are existing in the belly of the "fish." You may be in 
a "whale" of a church . . . but don't hide there. Look 
for the existing opportunities. They are there. Those 
people need you to help them (John 15:16). People 
who are involved in the lives of others (whether for 
evangelism or discipleship) tend to be less critical and 
more supportive within their church. You may 
disagree with that, however, that is my personal ob- 
servation over a twelve-year period. 

Have a tremendous 1983! Jesus Christ is worthy of 
your fellowship and service. And, frankly, we all need 
it. ■ 



Kansas City, Missouri, Says : 

"Show IMe" 

by Leroy Munholland, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Kansas City, Missouri 

"Wherefore we would have come 
unto you, even I Paul, once and 
again; but Satan hindered us" (1 
Thess. 2: 18 J. 

Since the Grace Brethren Church 
was started in Kansas City, IVlissouri, 
Satan has been doing his best to 
stop it. It seemed every time we 
started growing, Satan would deal 
us a defeat. 

The church here was under the 
leadership of Rev. Robert Whited 
when we received yet another in a 
series of strong blows. We were not 
growing in number, so officials at 
Brethren Home Missions announced 
they would have to withdraw finan- 
cial support. 

It wasn't the fault of Pastor 
Whited or Home Missions that we 
didn't grow. Maybe we didn't grow 
because we were meeting in the 
basement of an old building. May- 
be it was the fault of the people of 
the church. Maybe not enough love 
and concern for lost souls. Maybe 
we didn't believe we would lose 
support from Home Missions, and. 

therefore, did not go out on visita- 
tion. Maybe we didn't believe 
Satan's power was strong enough to 
stop a church from growing. What- 
ever the reason, Satan was winning 
a battle here, because talk was 
started of closing the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Kansas City. 

The church members met and 
the decision was made. We would 
stay open. But, the very next Sun- 
day only seven people came to wor- 
ship. What happened? The next few 
weeks were very much the same. 
Satan was still trying to close the 
work by convincing everyone to 
quit and leave. 

Missouri is the "Show Me State." 
If there were to be no church in the 
state, we would have to live up to 
that slogan and prove it. We few re- 
maining people decided we were go- 
ing to be as stubborn as a Missouri 
mule. We were going to defeat 
Satan and build a Grace Brethren 
church for God's glory. 

With the help of Brethren Home 
Missions and the Iowa-Midland Dis- 

trict, we began to make a direct at- 
tack on Satan. Even though Home 
Missions had withdrawn financial 
support, they were by our side to 
help and give encouragement to 
fight our common enemy. We were 
not ready to call it quits, because 
the remaining families wanted to 
see a Grace Brethren church in 
Kansas City. 

As we began to reorganize, 
there were many questions to be 
answered. Many were the same 
doubts that had surfaced before, 
such as: 

1. There are already too many 
churches here! 

Have you counted how many 
lost souls there are in Kansas 

2. There are not enough Grace 
Brethren people! 

Win lost souls and add to the 
church and you will have more 
Brethren people (Acts 2:41-47). 

3. IMo one stays home on weel<- 
ends to go to church, but they 




want recreation instead. 

A church can provide everything 
a family could ever want. 
Camps, Christian parties, and fel- 
lowship, all with Christ. A 
church needs to have something 
for everyone. 

4. Church visitation won't work. 
"We visit a lot of people we 
never get, but we get a lot of 
people we never visit, but we'd 
never get a lot of people we 
never visit, if we didn't visit a lot 
of people we never get." (author 

5. I can't do it because I am a 
babe in Christ! 

The woman at the well just met 
Jesus, yet she led many to the Lord 
(John 4). 

No matter what Satan does, we 
find he can't stop us because we 
have Christ on our side (Phil. 4:13). 
Because the people in Kansas City 
believe the Great Commission (Matt. 
28:19-20), we decided to prayer- 
fully go to work for the Lord. 

In one year, without a full-time 
pastor, we have reached a high of 
fifty -seven in church. Two souls 
have been won to the Lord. Four 
lives have been rededicated. Eleven 
have been baptized into the mem- 
bership of the church and three 
more are waiting. We are now meet- 
ing in a Seventh Day Adventist 
building. We also have four Bible 
studies in different homes, an or- 
ganized WMC and a men's group. 

A men's breakfast is held the 
first Saturday of each month and 
the men also meet one evening a 
month. They are very much in- 
volved in the work here and want 
to see the church grow. 

The Iowa-Midland District had a 
concern for the work in Kansas 
City and they stepped out on faith 
to help pay the salary for a full- 
time pastor, along with renewed fi- 
nancial support from Brethren 
Home Missions and the local 

As the full-time pastor of the 
church, I would like to encourage 
you to spend a little time each day 
in prayer for the Kansas City Grace 
Brethren Church. Then sit back and 
watch us grow! We'll show you it 
can be done! ■ 

BHMC News 


Interest rates for deposits in the 
Brethren Investment Foundation 
will be raised to 6.5 percent on Jan- 
uary 1, according to Walter R. 
Fretz, financial secretary. 

With continuous compounding, 
deposits will earn 6.72 percent an- 
nually, he added. 
The increased rate will enhance earning capabilities 
for more than 3,600 depositors. The new rate is more 
than 1 percent above many other available fund invest- 

The increase was made possible due to the gradual 
repayment of low interest loans. "New loans are cur- 
rently issued at a higher rate and reserve investment 
earnings have been good," said Fretz. 

This is the sixth increase in interest payments in the 
27-year history of the BIF. From its inception in 1955 
to 1968, the Foundation paid 4 percent annually on all 
passbook accounts, and 5 percent on notes. From 1968 
to 1975, all savings accounts paid 5 percent. Through 
July 1979, passbooks and notes paid 5.25 percent, with 
annual payment at 5.39 percent. Two more increases 
were experienced before July 1, 1980, when the present 
rate of 6 percent was initiated. Deposits currently earn 
6.18 percent with continuous compounding. 

The Foundation loans monies to churches within the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches for the purchase 
of property, building construction, church remodeling, 
or other needs. Loans to home missions churches are 
available at 9.75 percent, while those granted to self- 
supporting churches are available at higher rates. 


Rosie Kaschel Moore, 44, 
wife of Jack Moore, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hope, New Jersey, died Monday, 
September 13, of cancer. She 
had been ill for some time. 

On Sunday evening, Septem- 
ber 26, a memorial service was 
conducted at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Hope. Rosie's 
parents and brothers, from 
Brazil, were among the overflow 
crowd present. Many visitors 
from the community were pres- 
ent because they felt, as was publicly stated, that a tribute to 
this wonderful person must be paid. 

(Continued on page Wj 

Rosie Moore 




(Continued from page 9) 

Pastor Moore spoke on behalf of his wife of more 
than 25 years, and shared several outstanding expres- 
sions sent to him, both during the time of Rosie's ill- 
ness and after her homegoing. 

Pastor Mel Dahl, from the Hope, New Jersey, area, 
and Rev. Bill Smith, of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, were the speakers for the service. Pastor 
Robert Divine, from the GBC of New Holland, Penn- 
sylvania, was in attendance representing the District 
Ministerial Association. Pastor Robert Kern, of the 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, GBC, was also in attendance 
representing the fraternal fellowship between the 
Northern Atlantic District Mission Board, the Myers- 
town GBC and the GBC of Hope. 

The entire memorial service was not only a tribute 
to Rosie Moore, but also a tribute to the saving and 
keeping grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

The daughter of a Brazilian pastor, Rosie and Jack 
were married in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1958. They had 
three sons, John Jr., Richard and Randall. 


A veteran Brethren pastor and three recent gradu- 
ates have joined the Home Missions family. 

Wesley Mailer has assumed the pulpit at Milroy, 
Pennsylvania; while Kevin Eady, Dave Troxell, and 
Dale Jenks have begun ministering at Canal Fulton, 
Ohio; New Albany, Indiana; and Island Pond, Ver- 
mont, respectively. 

Wesley Mailer has 

had more than 30 years 
in Brethren pastorates 
in the Midwest. He goes 
to the Milroy church 
from the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Lancas- 
ter, Pennsylvania, 
where he had served 

Pastor and Mrs. Wesley Haller since September 1976. 

He has also pastored Grace Brethren Churches in An- 
kenytown, Ohio; Middlebranch, Ohio; and Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania. 

He is a graduate of Bob Jones University with an 
A.B. degree in Religion and received an M.Div. degree 
from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, In- 
diana. His wife, Virginia, also graduated from Bob 
Jones University with a B.A. degree in Christian Edu- 
cation and has been a schoolteacher. They have three 
children: Sally Callahan, a teacher in Indianapolis, In- 
diana; John, an attorney in Indianapolis; and Jim, a 
middler in Grace Seminary, looking forward to full- 
time Christian service in France. 

Until his recent 
move to Canal Fulton, 
Kevin Eady resided in 
Warsaw, Indiana, where 
he and his family were 
active in the Sidney 
(Ind.) Grace Brethren 
Church. He is a gradu- 
ate of the Fort Wayne 
Bible College, Fort Pastor and Mrs. Kevin Eady 

Wayne, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in Christian Edu- 
cation. He recently received an M.Div. degree from 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

In addition to various lay ministries in the Sidney 
church, he served as director of youth and Christian 
Ed and Music at the Calvary Missionary Church in 
Hamilton, Ohio. 

He and his wife, Jill, have two children: Nathan 
Andrew, 8; and Sara Rachel, 4. 

Dave Troxell recent- 
ly graduated from 
Grace Theological 
Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Indiana, with an M.Div. 
degree. A 1974 gradu- 
ate of Indiana Universi- 
ty-Purdue University, 
Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
Dave was saved in the 
Grace Brethren Church on Stellhorn Road in Fort 
Wayne. He and his family have maintained contact 
with that church during his seminary years, commut- 
ing the 45-mile trip each weekend to minister as the 
part-time assistant pastor. 

He and his wife, Ronda, have two children: Sally 
Lynn, 5; and Nathan Andrew, 4. 

Both Kevin and Dave began their respective minis- 
tries on November 14. 

Dale Jenks has been 
ministering at Island 
Pond Grace Brethren 
Church since early Sep- 
tember. He is a gradu- 
ate of Lancaster Bible 
College, Lancaster, 

Pennsylvania, with a 
B.S. degree in Bible. He 
has also taken one year Pastor and Mrs. Dale Jenks 
of counseling studies at the Christian Counseling and 
Education Foundation in Laverick, Pennsylvania. He 
and his wife, Dorothy, a graduate of Binghamton 
School of Practical Nursing, have five children: 
Darlyne Dale, 18; David Robert, 15; Douglas Paul, 
13; Dawn Ruth-Evelyn, 1 1 ; and Dale Durwood, Jr., 9. 

Dale more recently served as an associate pastor at 
the Lititz, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church. 
Prior to that, he was an active layman in that church. 

Pastor and Mrs. Dave Troxell 









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continuous compounding, deposits will be earning 6.72% annually! Thafs ex- 

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Each month in the Herald appear articles 
featuring missions. But, how much do you 
really know about Grace Brethren Foreign 

Are you l<eeping informed about what is 
going on in our mission fields? 

Here's a quiz to test your M.I.Q. (Missions 

1 . Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has mis- 
sionaries in: 

a. eight countries 

b. ten countries 

c. nine countries 

d. seven countries 

2. The newest Grace Brethren mission field 
(entered in 1982) is: 

a. Japan 

b. China 

c. England 

d. Sweden 

3. New missionaries who left for the field in 
1982 are: 

a. the Dan Greens, the James Gribbles, 
the Dan Ramseys, the Tom Sharps, and 
the Phil Steeles. 

b. the Dan Greens, the Dave Kowalkes, 
the Paul Kuns, the Dan Ramseys, the 
Tom Sharps, and the Phil Steeles. 

c. the Dan Greens, the Roger Peughs, the 
Paul Kuns, the Dan Ramseys, the Tom 
Sharps, and the Phil Steeles. 

d. the Dan Greens, the Earle Hodgdons, 
the Don Hockings, the John Zielaskos, 
and the Les Pifers. 

4. The field which has the most Grace Breth- 
ren missionaries serving in it is: 

a. Puerto Rico 

b. Central African Republic 

c. France 

d. Hot Springs, Arkansas 

5. Match the last names 
with their first names: 

George & Evelyn 

Richard & Kathy 

Roy & Ruth 

Norm & Cleo 

Larry & Vicki 

Ralph & Carolyn 

Walt& Alys 

Dave & Cindy 

Norm & Claudia 

John & Becky 

Dave & Sue 

of the missionaries 

a. Griffith 

b. DeArmey 

c. Johnson 

d. Robinson 

e. Hobert 

f. Harrell 

g. Schrock 
h. Pappas 
i. Haag 

j. Kowaike 
k. Snyder 




6. T.I.M.E., a short term missions program 
sponsored by GBC Christian Education, 
stands for: 

a. Training In Missionary Enterprise 

b. Teaching In Missionary Endeavors 

c. Training In Missionary Endeavors 

d. Transporting Indians More Effectively 

7. The Chateau in St. Albain, France, is: 

a. tiie private residence of Tom and Doris 

b. an old castle owned by GBFMS that is 
used as a retreat center, a teaching 
facility, and a "bridge" between French 
people and the church. 

c. a monastery used by our mission as a 
training ground for new missionaries. 

d. a luxurious hotel located on a moun- 
tain that our missionaries often use as a 
retreat center. 

8. The pioneer missionaries and founders of 
our mission in Africa were: 

a. James and Florence Gribble 

b. James and Florence Tribble 

c. James and Beatrice Gribble 

d. James and Beatrice Tribble 

9. All missionaries: 

a. never get discouraged. 

b. get lots of mail. 

c. need much prayer support. 

d. come from large churches. 

10. Grace Brethren Foreign Missions began in: 

a. 1890 

b. 1900 

c. 1903 

d. 100 A. D. 

11. Brethren missionaries are supported by: 

a. churches 

b. individuals 

c. church groups (Sunday school classes, 
and so forth) 

d. prayer 

12. By the year 2,000, the largest city in the 
world is expected to be: 

a. Shanghai, China, where no Christian 
missionaries are allowed. 

b. Mexico City, where GBFMS has one 
missionary couple, the Tom Sharps, 

c. Tokyo, Japan, for which GBFMS is 
looking for missionaries, so a new field 
can be opened. 

d. Winona Lake, Indiana. 

13. Churches that support missionaries: 

a. are always big churches. 

b. get nasty letters from GBFMS if they 
get behind in their support. 

c. are always debt-free churches. 

d. grow in mission involvement and aware- 

14. In Puerto Rico, GBFMS has: 

a. no missionaries. 

b. one missionary family. 

c. a medical dispensary. 

d. a tourist agency. 

15. A missionary is: 

a. always an extrovert. 

b. always a pessimist. 

c. always an optimist. 

d. always in need of prayer. 

16. The percentage of every project dollar 
that goes to the project is: 

a. 100% 

b. 80% 

c. 50% 

d. .3889875% 

17. The following group of people do not 
work in the GBFMS home office: 

a. John Zielasko, Elizabeth Schaefer, 
Eddie Bowman, Steve Mason 

b. Gordon Austin, Sharon Andersen, 
Wendell Kent, Nora Macon 

c. Harold Mason, Les Pifer, Knute Larson, 
Billy Graham 

d. Ed Lewis, SherrieStiffler, Dale Knepper 

(Continued on page 14) 

^— n^^^^^^— ^^— d JANUARY '83 l\5^=i 

(Continued from page 13) 

18. The following city is not a capital where 
GBFMS is ministering: 

a. Brasilia 

b. Bangui 

c. San Juan 

d. Buenos Aires 

19. Can you match the missionaries with the 
city in which they minister? 

Roger & Nancy Peugh 

Dave & Katiiy Manduka 

John & Becky Pappas 

Edna Haak 

Dan & Denise Ramsey 







20. The perfect missionary: 

a. loves to travel and lives on two hours 
sleep a night. 

b. speaks five languages fluently. 

c. can eat anything (and I mean any- 
thing!) and never gets ill. 

d. probably doesn't exist. 

21 . The main goal of GBFMS is: 

a. starting seminaries in every country. 

b. evangelism, discipleship, and church 

c. making sure the nationals have plenty 
of food and clothing. 

d. to teach nationals to read and write. 

22. The names of the couples from Brazil and 
the Central African Republic who are stu- 
dents in Grace Seminary are: 

a. Oscar & Natalie Perez and Jonas & 
Marie Dessikisa 

b. Luis & Marlena Cardosa and Pierre & 
Martine Yougouda 

c. Ivanildo & Nazare Trindade and Joseph 
& Georgine Ndomale 

d. George & Martha Lincoln and Harriet & 
Beecher Stowe 

23. The following missionares are not retired: 

a. Les & Ruth Vnasdale, Bob & Lois 
Beiohlavek, Joyce Deacon, and Nancy 

b. Jake & Freda Kliever, Hattie Sheldon, 
and Bob & Lenora Williams 

c. Keith & Vivian Altig, Hill & Dorothy 
Maconaghy, Ruth Kent, and Al Balzer 

d. Paul & Dortha Dowdy, Minnie Ken- 
nedy, Marie Mishler, and Loree Sickel 

24. GBFMS's goal is to plant indigenous chur- 
ches. An indigenous church: 

a. is fully dependent on the missionary 
for guidance, leadership, and financial 

b. is one that is so upset at the mission- 
aries that it asks them to leave and 
takes over the leadership. 

c. is a church that has trained national 
leadership that can lead the church and 
is financially independent. 

d. is built by nationals on property owned 
by the congregation. 

25. Mark whether the following statements 
are True (T) or False (F). 

GBFMS has a medical work in Brazil. 

A new field in the Philippines will be 

opened in 1983. 

No more missionaries are needed for 

Grace Brethren mission fields. 

People who don't go as foreign mis- 
sionaries cannot have a part in 
foreign missions. 

In the fall of 1983, at least 17 ap- 
pointees are expected to leave for 
countries around the world. 

26. This many people around the world have 
never heard the good news of Jesus Christ: 

a. iy2 million 

b. 500 million 

c. 1 billion 

d. 2y2 billion ■ 




It's School Time in England 

Everyday the sidewalks in front of 
elementary schools in England are 
crowded with children and their 
"mums" (moms). 

Most of the children are dressed 
alike— they're the ones on their way to 
class. The rest appear younger, not 
quite school age, but they've come 
along with Mum to walk their siblings 
to school. 

The mums greet each other and en- 
joy a morning's chat. After the chil- 
dren are safely in the building, the 
mums return home. But the whole 
scene happens again when school has 
ended for the day. 

Missionaries Phil and Elinor Steele 
and Dave and Cindy Kowaike moved 
to Birmingham, England, in Septem- 
ber of 1982. Settling into a new home 
and adapting to the culture was their 
first task. That included enrolling 
their eligible children in school. 

Now Elinor and Cindy walk their 
children to school with the rest of the 
mums. What a great opportunity to 
meet neighbors and ladies in the com- 

Attempting to use every opportuni- 
ty to meet people, both families have 
joined the parent/teacher organization 
in the school. The president of the 
group has already asked Phil to speak 
at one of the meetings. 

Meeting people, developing friend- 
ships, and sharing the Gospel with 
them is one basic of church planting. 
That's what the Steeles and Kowalkes 
are doing. 

God is opening doors for these mis- 
sionaries. They're reaching out and 
sharing the good news of Jesus Christ 
in their community. 

Won't you pray for a Grace Breth- 
ren church to be started in Birming- 
ham, England? ■ 



Dr. Mason at work in his office 

by Dell Ford 

Drs. Harold Mason and Bill 
Walker share a practice— not 
an uncommon thing among 
physicians in this country. 

But, the practice these two 
men share involves not only 
patients in Warsaw, Indiana, 
but also the running of a 
mission hospital in the Central 
African Republic as well. 

Because the arrangement 
agreed upon in 1973 involves 
both the Walker and Mason 
families, there also is a sharing 
of homes— a three-bedroom 
brick house in the mission 
compound operated by the 
Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Grace Brethren Church 
and a five-bedroom brick 
house in Warsaw. The latter, 
Margaret Mason and Donna 
Walker explained, can be 
divided into upstairs and 

7776 following article was published in 
the Fort Wayne, Indiana, Journal Gazette, 
Copyright 1982. Used by permission. 

Doctors Share a 
TWo - Continent 

Dr. Harold Mason and his wife, Margaret 

downstairs apartments when 
both families are present for 
what amounts to a changing of 
the guard. 

Every two years, the 
doctors exchange positions. 
The one who has been work- 
ing in Africa returns to 
Warsaw, and the other goes 
from Warsaw to the mission 

Such an exchange took 
place in August 1982. 

The Masons, missionaries 
since 1952, returned from the 
Central African Republic June 
20, and the Walkers returned 
August 15 after first paying a 
visit to churches which sup- 
port them. 

Although it wasn't until 

1973 that the unique sharing 
of practices was consented to 
by both families, neither was a 
stranger to mission work in 

The Masons served in Africa 
from 1952 to 1966. In 1968, 
the Walkers went to the 
Central African Republic for 
what Donna Walker called "a 
working vacation." 

After six weeks, she said, 
the family was less than ex- 
cited about the experience. 

"The bugs! And scorpions, 
green mamba snakes— very 
poisonous. And always," she 
said, "water problems, even 
though there are wells, and 
running water in the house." 

Tempering the six-week as- 




Dr. William Walker and his wife. Donna 

sessment, Bill Walker noted in 
that amount of time "there is 
no chance to get through the 
cultural shock to get to the 
good part of it. it's new. And 
it's strange." 

The Masons and Walkers 
first met, very briefly, in 1969 
in the office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. The Masons 
then were living in Berrien 
Springs, Michigan; and the 
Walkers, at the time preparing 
to return to Africa for a two- 
year mission, were making 
their home in Rittman, Ohio. 

Explaining his family's de- 
cision to go back to Africa 
despite the unsettling six-week 
encounter with bugs, snakes, 
and water problems. Bill 
Walker said: "The need ex- 
isted. And we felt like we'd 
like to fill that need." 

The Walkers returned to 
their home in Rittman in 
1971. The Masons, in the 
meantime, had moved to War- 
saw, Indiana. 

Two years later came the 
meeting that led to the unique 
sharing practice. 

Bill Walker, Harold Mason 
recalled, was in Warsaw for a 

church board meeting. Walker 
suggested they get together for 
lunch, which they did. 

And it was Walker who sug- 
gested two years in Warsaw, 
two in Africa and a sharing of 
a stateside house so the chil- 
dren of both families would 
have a home base for school- 
ing when not in Africa. 

Harold Mason said his reac- 
tion was "immediate and 
emotional, because Margaret 
and I had been praying for 
that kind of setup for some 

Bill Walker's recollection of 
his colleague's reaction was, in 
so many words, "We better be 
looking for a house." 

"No," Donna Walker cor- 
rected, "Dr. Mason asked, 
'Who gets to go to Africa 
first?' I'll never forget it." 

The Walkers went first. 

How's it all working out? 

"Quite well," Dr. Walker 
said. "We both had two goals 
in mind. To be a part of our 
missionary family and its en- 
deavors in church in the Cen- 
tral African Republic and to 

have closer contact with our 
own families. The normal mis- 
sion term of service is three to 
four years, which means 
longer periods of time away 
from the children." 

Donna Walker's response to 
how the arrangement is work- 
ing was, "When we're here, we 
are excited to get over there; 
and when we're there, we are 
excited to get back here." 

Asked how their Warsaw 
patients view the every-two- 
year switch. Bill Walker said: 
"I think they feel part of the 
program themselves. Most of 
them are willing to make the 
adjustment— because it does 
require an adjustment to 
switch from one doctor to the 

The Warsaw practice, he 
said, is "more day-by-day 
patient care. Handling family 
practice situations. In Africa, 
it's bush medicine." 

Harold Mason said in 
Africa, the doctor is "physi- 
cian, surgeon, teacher, 
plumber, electrician, mechanic, 
and lay preacher." ■ 




How'sYourM.I.Q.? AllSWCrS! 

1. c. GBFMS currently has missionaries in 
Argentina, Brazil, Central African Republic, 
Chad, England, France, Germany, Mexico, 
and Puerto Rico. Missionaries are awaiting 
government permission to enter the Came- 
roons. Another missionary couple is needed 
to complete a team heading for Japan. 

2. c. Phil and Elinor Steele and Dave and 
Cindy Kowaike moved to Birmingham, 
England in September. 

3. b. The field these appointees headed for 
were: Greens, South Brazil; Kowalkes, Eng- 
land; Kuns, C.A. R.; Ramseys, Germany; 
Sharps, Mexico City; and Steeles, England. 

4. b. The Central African Republic 
(C.A. R.) has over 55 missionaries ministering 
in it. Puerto Rico has only one missionary 
family ministering there, France has 11 mis- 
sionaries, and no GBC missionaries are cur- 
rently in Hot Springs. 

5. c, f, k, c, b, d, i, j, g, h, a and e. You will 
note that two missionary families have the 
same last name, George and Evelyn Johnson 
and Norman and Cleo Johnson. The last pair 
of names, Dave and Sue, are the first names 
for two couples who minister in France— the 
Griffiths and the Roberts. 

6. c. T. I.M.E. offers opportunities in the 
C.A. R., Brazil, Europe, Argentina, Mexico, 
and Puerto Rico, plus several Home Mission 

7. b. The Chateau has never been a 
"church" as such, but has been used as a 
"neutral" place between the French people 
and the church. More recently, Bible Institute 
classes and retreats for the churches have been 
held there. Also, EMI (Euro-Missions Insti- 
tute) classes were held at the Chateau last 

8. a. James and Florence Gribble were our 
first missionaries in Africa. 

9. c. Missionaries are human beings, just 
like you and me, and occasionally they get 

discouraged (often because they don't get lots 
of mail!). Most of our missionaries do not 
come from large churches. However, ALL of 
our missionaries need prayer support in order 
to effectively carry out their duties. Won't 
you pray daily for your missionaries? 

10. b. 1900 was the birth year of our 
society. God has blessed us throughout the 
years, and we praise Him! 

11. a, b, c, d. All the answers are correct! 
We thank the churches, individuals, and 
groups who have supported our missionaries 
through prayer and financial giving. 

12. b. Mexico City is growing rapidly— more 
missionaries are needed to help evangelize the 
people. However, Tokyo, Japan, is currently 
the third-largest city in the world, and 
GBFMS is looking for dedicated Christians 
who would go as missionaries to this spiritual- 
ly needy country. 

13. d. If you want to learn more about mis- 
sions, get involved with missions! 

14. b. Norm and Claudia Schrock are the 
only GBFMS missionaries in Puerto Rico. Op- 
portunities abound for sharing the Gospel on 
the island. 

15. d. If you were taught in school that an 
answer containing the word "always" in it 
could not be correct, we fooled you! A mis- 
sionary does always need prayer. And only 
you can provide that necessary ingredient to a 
missionary's ministry. 

16. a. 100 percent of every dollar sent in for 
project funds goes toward the project. No 
hidden administrative costs. 

17. c. All the people listed in answers a, b, 
and d comprise the friendly office staff of 
GBFMS. They are looking forward to serving 
the missionaries and you! 

18. There is no correct answer! GBFMS has 
missionaries in all four capital cities. Some of 
the missionaries have the opportunity to share 
with embassy personnel from many countries. 




19. a, b, a, a, c. The Peughs, Pappases, and 
Edna Haak all live and minister in the Stuttgart 
area. Soon, however, the Pappases will be 
moving to a new city to begin a work. The 
Mandukas live in Leonberg, where they are 
making contacts and witnessing to people. 
The Ramseys are in language school in Bop- 
pard-Weiler. Schwarzenau is the birthplace of 
the Brethren Church. 

20. d. Since no one is perfect .... But the 
Lord gives the missionaries strength to do 
many things. 

21. b. GBFMS is a church-planting mission. 
The other answers are often accomplished, 
but they are not the main goal. 

22. c. These national believers are being 
trained so they can return to their homelands 
to lead and work in the churches. 

23. a. The missionaries listed in answer a 
were the appointees of 1981. The Vnasdales 
are currently in advanced language study in 
Paris, France; The Belohlaveks, Joyce Deacon, 
and Nancy McMunri are in the C.A. R. taking 
Sango language study and getting involved in 
the work. 

24. c. Indigenous churches are the nationals' 
churches. They are responsible for its on- 

25. F, T, F, F, T. Here are the reasons for 
the answers: The only medical work we have 
is in the C.A. R. In 1983, two families will be 
going to the Philippines to pioneer our mis- 
sion there. We need missionaries! There are 
unreached people groups around the world. 
Just because the Lord doesn't call us to be 
foreign missionaries, it is still our responsi- 
bility to support our missionaries. In 1983, at 
least 17 appointees are expected to go out. 
Are we as Grace Brethren ready for the re- 
sponsibility that puts on us? 

26. d. About 272 billion people have never 
heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a tre- 
mendous responsibility that puts on us. Are 
we doing our part in the great task of world 

"Then saith he unto his disciples. The har- 
vest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are 
few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, 
that he will send forth labourers into his har- 
vest" {Matt. 9:37-38). ■ 

Tamper -Proof 

by Wendell Kent 

If you've had trouble getting the caps off 
those childproof aspirin bottles and fervently 
cherished the hope that someday the old style 
lids will return, you can forget that dream. 

Ever since the Tylenol crisis made the pos- 
sibility of death by poisoning a worry to us 
all, there has been a mad scramble by the 
packaging people to produce bottles and car- 
tons that are tamper-proof. It is too soon to 
know the result, but it looks as though most 
of what we buy from now on will be tougher 
to get open. That seems to be the manufac- 
turer's response to the problem. 

The consumer's response may be pretty 
hard on sales. What really bothers many 
people is the knowledge that if devious minds 
are bent on tampering with the things that ap- 
pear on market shelves, they will find a way 
regardless of the measures taken to deter 

God didn't design a tamper-proof world. 
Since Adam, people have been misusing and 
destroying what originally was intended to be 
for our good. Even the pure gospel of salva- 
tion has been tempered with in so many 
ways that people are extremely wary of those 
who claim to present it. 

Just like many who will refuse to buy 
Tylenol because of what one person did in 
one locality, many will pass up the message of 
salvation, because they can't forget some iso- 
lated incident where the Christian message 
was poorly presented. Multitudes in our world 
have decided they will take no chance of 
"poisoning." They want no part of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. 

That's the tough world our missionaries 
face all over the world. 

Surely the answer is not to withdraw the 
message or to make it harder to receive. We 
must find ways to assure the public that what 
we have to offer is for their eternal good. 

We'll need prayer to get that across, h 




noping i< 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministri 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Judy Fairman, Director of SMM 

Things that keep the body from healthy growth 

Growth Restricting Obstacles 

Some things hold you back. Church pastors and leaders 
and church growth students talk a lot about growth restric- 
tions-conditions that keep a church from getting bigger 
and stronger and better, probably in the other order. 

Some churches are upset because they are sure there are 
restrictions or diseases that keep growth from coming, but 
they don't know what they are. And they don't have the 
$2,000 to pay a specialist to figure out the problems. 

Others question the motives of people making changes in 
church life, saying they are working too hard to tear away 
restrictions and they should not have made the adjustments. 

You may be among those who know what is keeping the 
church from enlarging its ministries, but you can't do any- 
thing about it. That's frustrating. 

Everyone has his own list. Here's mine in no special 

Clothes too tight! 

There's no room to grow! 

Doctors of church growth conclude that when a church 
building stays 80 percent full for two years, it will begin to 
decline; and if it stays that way for five years, it will never 
grow again. It sounds unreal! And it applies to parking lots, 

It all seems so mundane. 

Dr. Peter Wagner, student and scholar of growth, told 
me: "You can try to be an exception, but we've studied 
3,000 churches and haven't found one yet." 

l-ZJC We enlarged our parking lot, and it helped a little. We 
started the building program to help the other pinch points, 
and know that will help. 

Other possible answers include multiple services, going 
to two morning worships instead of one, or three instead of 
two; or adding room nearby the church. 

Cancer, or the 
leukemia of gossip. 

This is when the 
people eat up the people, 
and have not learned the 
art of cooperative love. 

"The unity of the spirit in the bond of peace" is the goal 

of obedient Christians, and it is meant to show up in the 
local church. 


Righteous active conscious concern to build up and meet 
the needs of others. 

Not enough nourishment! 

The people aren't getting, fed! 

There are churches where 
the Sunday school teachers 
read selected opinions but 
don't really get to Bible study , 
and application. Some pastors 
hand out a fast-food diet 
that gives little help. 

T^JX 1 . Healthy meaty bite-size portions given out at 
regular intervals by the pastor who lives it himself. 

2. Same thing in adult and youth Bible fellowships and 
children's classes. 

3. Commitment by attenders to a regular diet. (That 
means they come to the services and eat on their own 
in between also.) 

Not enough light. 

Here I'm thinking of the holiness of God. We've got to 
see that in the church or we lose sight of why we're here 
and whose we are! 

This is not just a sports club or an affection affiliation. 

We are here to declare allegiance and love to a person 
who is the perfectly holy King of all time and property, 
who has His Son and the ultimate gift of life for our rescue. 

A church that has not learned to worship dwells in dark- 
ness for sure. 

RJCT Let's all work on our worship services. Two books 
that might help are Anne Ortlund's big little book Up With 
Worship and David's (no last name) Psalms. 

Then if at least all the church leaders would just be sure 
to bow the knee and worship once a day and more! 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Tel. 219/267-6622 




MID-WEEK ^ Work at mak 
SERVICES X reaching oi 
all, but to give some impetus, here ar 
ous Wednesdays or Thursdays: 

a. "Marriage Enrichment" - We c? 
give strength to marriages i 
testimony time, "Three Thing, 
couple in the church, is one of t 
in the whole church. 




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b. Missions Partners , or whatever you call the pi .., 

special Wednesday given totally over to praying abou- ""''^^^ 

missions. Perhaps we should do this every mid-week serviv,^ 


by a 
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ting aside 

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The building or the system is not clean. 

Sometimes it's the toilets or the nurseries that need 

ining or painting. 

Visitors need physical attraction too. True, the main 

ig should not be the plating of gold or putting on of 

eiry or . . . 

JC/K trustee board 


nmission with 

assion for 


Plus a few cans of paint 


The parts of the body cannot or do not respond to the 
jction of the head. 

The head of the church is Christ. The appointment of 
representatives includes the call of pastors, and for a 
pherd to be a shepherd he must be followed. 
When there is not cooperative working together, there is 
: growth. Hebrews 13:7 and 17 are about as clear as can 
but some churches fight it, and limp. 

J^Mutual love and teamwork, with room enough for the 
tor to pastor in love, and a group of church leaders and 

deacons or deaconesses who are getting together in 

Not enough exercise. 

The people are not using their spiritual gifts and not 
having a chance to use their muscles of love. 

Churches that just sit will not grow stronger or better or 
larger. Their knees will get weaker every day. 

X^JC 1. Ministry opportunities must be spread around so it 
isn't just the paid minister who is staying healthy. 

2. Every Christian in the body takes a job of caring for 
others in need and to help in evangelism. 

3. Hebrews 12:1-3, a clear prescription for weak knees! 

The other day I heard an interview of an 81 -year-old 
man who had just run the New York City marathon. 
(That's 26 miles, 235 yards, folks!) He told how his son had 
thought of putting him in a rest home when he, the father, 
was 65. 

He had deteriorated by bad habits and carelessness. But 
he started over . . . 

And the fitness came as he started running and got care- 
ful about his life. 

And so shall it be for the churches who are willing to 
take a look at their conditions and begin the healthy life. 

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We hope your 1983 is special in God's grace. 

Thank you for helping us share people and ministries and vision 

this year! We need you! 

Football Realities 

by Brad Skiles 

GBC Christian Education 

What a different view we'd have of the game if we were 
on the field. And what a different view we would have had 
of the strike ... if it were our wallets. 

I think it's "football withdrawals" that caused me to 
make a CE comparison. 

For several years now I've watched CE from the side- 
lines. I've seen their heart for ministry. Their desire to help 
churches grow. And great sacrifices of time to produce 
helps for youth, families, pastors, and churches. 

Now I'm on the field. I'm one of the "players"— or 
really, servants. 

In September of last year I joined the Christian Educa- 
tion staff as director of administration. Like the fan putting 
on the pads and running onto the field, my personal in- 
volvement with CE has changed some "sideline" impres- 

For example. Operation Barnabas-I thought it was a 
group of kids traveling during the summer singing and doing 
puppet shows. Wrong! After reading evaluation forms from 
each Barnabas participant, I was shocked at such a high per- 
centage of quality decisions, it made me wish I had been on 
a team. Barnabas is a ministry team that really works— both 
in changing lives and in helping churches. 

As a CE spectator, I was familiar with Brethren Nation- 
al Youth Conference. I even read where approximately 700 
decisions were made this summer. But my education came 
in reading 400-500 written decisions. My heart was broken 
to see what Satan is throwing at the kids. You might expect 
the extremes— like drugs, sex, and pornography. But Satan 
has a winning streak going with "R" rated movies, rock 
music lyrics, and soap operas. 

Brethren National Youth Conference is more than fun. 
And it's more than moving "spiritual" kids to another 
height. For the majority, BNYC is a challenge to get right 
with God, to be holy, and to make Jesus Lord. God is using 
youth conference on the "front line" where the mud flies. 

SMM— something I knew nothing about, i found my 

CE IVIinistries 

For Churches: 

CE Convention and Seminars 

Church Growth Impetus 

Hera/d CE Pages 

Programmed Statistical Analysis 


Awards and Honors Program 

GBC "Readables" 


"CE Issue Tapes" 

Enrichment Inserts 

'ABF Handouts" (for Adult Bible Fellowships) 

CE Freeway (coming) 

For Pastors: 

"HMMM . . ." 

"OHHH . . ." for pastors' wives 

"BZZZ . . ." for church secretaries 

Pastoral Handouts 

"Inside Track" 

District Representatives 

image to be of a program that existed 10-20 years ago, and 
not today. Serving My Master, the girls' ministry, is a disci- 
pling program with super goals and materials. It would be 
worth considering for any church. 

Youth Strategy— the other day Ed Lewis briefed me on 
his approach to youth ministry. Once again, I saw my ignor- 
ance. Ed is a pacesetter in placing responsibilities on adults 
and emphasizing discipleship. He's an excellent resource 
man and counselor for churches asking questions about 
youth work. 

Church Ministries— I had some previous exposure to this 
area, but found a larger wealth of helps than I anticipated. 
Adult Bible Fellowship Handouts (Sunday school material 
for adults) were new to me. Pastor's Class Notes and Pre- 
cepts (basic doctrine for grades 5, 6, 7) were also pleasant 
surprises. And then there are the pastor helps like: Issue 
Tapes, Hmm . . ., and Inside Track— all good stuff. 

All of this reminds me of my freshman year in high 
school. As a skinny kid who liked to watch football from 
the couch, I discovered that wearing a uniform and being 
on the field was a totally different experience. Catching a 
pass wasn't as easy as it looked. Evading opponents was 
tough. And getting tackled hurt. 

Those are football realities. CE realities are pleasant. 
You'll find helps that help. People that care. And ministries 
that minister. 

Thanks for letting us serve. 

Thanks for being a part of our ministry team— through 
your prayers and gifts! ■ 


D Kevin Eady has accepted the pastorate of the Canal 
Fulton, Ohio, congregation. He can be reached at 420 
W. Market, Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614; or the church 
phone: 216/854-6749. 

D Steve Bradley has resigned as pastor of the GBCat 
Cypress, Calif. Art Burk, pastor of the Anaheim GBC 
is currently preaching at both churches. 

D There are immediate needs for short-term, self- 
supporting builders in both France and Africa. If in- 
terested, please contact TIME, GBC Christian Educa- 
tion, P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, ind. 46590 (phone: 

n The Southern Ohio District Conference will be 
held May 13-14, 1983, at the First Grace Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio. 

D David Rusk became associate pastor of the First 
Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 26. 
His special responsibilities will be in the areas of visi- 
tation and youth ministries. He is a graduate of Fort 
Wayne, Ind., Bible College and for the past four years 
has served in a pastoral position in Dayton, Ohio. 

n Four Alaska Brethren pastors have met to organize 
a district mission board, and to pave the way for an 
Alaskan district. 

D Pastor John Gillis reports an attendance approach- 
ing 100 in the new work at Eagle River, Alaska. 

D Duane Jorgens has resigned as pastor of the Spok- 
an. Wash., congregation which was effective Jan. 1. 

n The Southern California-Arizona District Examin- 
ing Board has examined and approved Bill Swanner 
for licensure. He is involved in a teaching ministry at 
the Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif., 
and is a licensed marriage and family counselor. 

D The zip code for Douglas Winn, page 117, should 
be 1 5401 . Please change your Annual. 

n The Maumee Valley Grace Brethren Church voted 
unanimously to purchase 10 acres of land at 8617 
Garden Rd., Toledo, Ohio, for $55,000, half of which 
has already been paid. The group is now meeting in 
the Holland Elementary School on Kittle Rd. 

D Richard Sellers has joined the pastoral staff of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio. His new 
address is 3375 Lakeview Dr., Wooster, Ohio 44691. 
Please change your Annual. 

DMike Johnson has accepted the pastorate of the 
Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church in Kokomo, 
Ind. He has been serving in an associate position in 
this church since Sept. 1. Pleace change ^^om Annual. 

D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

D Pastors Robert MacMillan (Ventura, Calif.), and 
Tom Hughes (Whittier Community, Whittier, Calif.) 
have been approved for ordination by the Southern 
California-Arizona Examining Board. 

n The new address of Carl A. Baker is 836 New York 
Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401. Please change your 

D Gary Nolan has resigned from the Alta Loma, 
Calif., congregation and will pioneer a new church in 
the San Clemente-San Juan Capistrano-Laguna Niguel 
area, which is south of Mission Viejo. 

D Christian Ed directors, Sunday school superintend- 
ents and secretaries! Are you experiencing difficulty 
obtaining curriculum materials? If so, give the Mis- 
sionary Herald Co. a try! You can order by mail (P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590) or give us a call on 
our toll-free number, 1-800-348-2756 and we'll ship 
your order promptly! We carry, IN STOCK, materials 
from David C. Cook, Scripture Press and Gospel 
Light. Bobbette Ridenour and Frances /^hman are 
the "experts" in the curriculum area, and they look 
forward to being of service. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ADAMS, Dorothy, Oct. 22, a member of the First Brethren 

Church of Rittman, OH, for over 40 years. Robert Russell, 


CORLE, Mrs. Ruth, 83. Mrs. Corle passed away on Oct. 31. 

Charles Martin, pastor. First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 


DeBOLT, Rudolph "Rudy," 89, Nov. 1. He was a lifelong 

member of the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. Larry 

Edwards, pastor. 

GARLING, Donald C, 78, Sept. 24. Mr. Garling was a 

charter member and faithful worker for many years at the 

Southview Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH. Donald 

Farner, pastor. 

(Continued on page 34) 




Onlv One Boy! 

He^ Not Worth 
Itie Trouble 








Grace Brethren Boys 

You are getting ready to take your boys on a campout. You have spent long hours pre- 
paring for this outing. All the food is purchased, and everything is in readiness. Suddenly 
you find out that only one boy is planning on coming with you. What should you do? 
Should you go ahead with your plans anyway? Or should you cancel out? After all, it's only 
one boy. And you have really been swamped for the last few weeks. You know you ought 
to spend more time at home with the family. It's only one boy. He's not worth the trouble, 
or is he? Before you answer that question, consider a letter I recently received from one of 
our unit leaders. 

At our last campout, a boy named Ronnie received Ciirist as his Saviour. We had not 
been meeting regularly as a Grace Brethren Boys unit through the summer months, so 
Sunday attendance had been stressed as a qualification for going on any outings or 
camping trips. We had not really been very strict, requiring only that the boys attend 
two out of the four Sundays in a given month. Ronnie more than qualified, and 
desperately wanted to go on this campout. None of the other boys were even close to 
his attendance record. In fact, Ronnie was the only boy who was really eligible to go. 
My natural inclination was to cancel the trip, but I wanted to reward faithfulness, so I 
decided that Ronnie and I would go ahead with the outing as originally planned, even 
if he was the only boy. I never fully realized, until well after the outing, just how much 
this meant to Ronnie, and to his parents. 

Later that evening as we were chatting together in our tent, I had the opportunity to 
talk seriously with Ronnie about his salvation. When I invited him to receive Christ, he 
was like a ripe plum, ready to be plucked. Can you imagine what would have happened 
if I would have said, "Only one boy! He's not worth the trouble." 

I'm afraid we sometimes fall into the trap of becoming too number conscious. We some- 
how get to thinking that it is better to entertain or amuse twenty boys, ministering to all of 
them on a surface level, than it is to really get down to serious business with one or two of 
the boys. It's true that we have an obligation to the group, but consider the strategy of our 
Lord. Although He ministered faithfully to the multitudes, he zeroed in on a select group 
that had demonstrated a responsiveness to His ministry. He literally poured himself into this 
small band of disciples. 

All of us would like to have maximum influence in the lives of as many boys as possible. 
But when we get so busy with the crowd that we neglect to disciple the one or two that God 
places right in front of us, then our perspective has become faulty. It is so easy to make our- 
selves believe that we are doing the right thing when we overlook that individual so we can 
minister to the crowd. 

But what if the leader mentioned above had given in to that temptation? Where would 
Ronnie be, spiritually, right now if he had said, "Only one boy! He's not worth the 
trouble"? ■ 

Mike Ostrander, Director 

Grace Bretliren Boys 

P. O. Box 416 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 267-7158 



— ^Women inanitesting QJhrist — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ABOVE ALL, love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude o( sins 
1 Peter 4 8 NIV 



tvirs Dan (Miriam) Pacheco,, 413 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

l^rs Robert (Althea) Ivliller, 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Povtfell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs Fred (Margie) Devan. Jr., 2507 Vancouver 
Drive, N.W , Roanoke, Virginia 24012 (Tel. 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Sellers, 3375 Lakeview Dr.. 
Wooster, OH 44691 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman. 602 Chestnut Avenue. 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs Thomas (Donna) Miller, Route No 8, Box 277, 
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8. Box 297, War- 
saw, Indiana 46580 (Tel 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 301 Esplanade, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 (Tel 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Ctiairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely. 1 21 S. Walnut Street, Troy, 
Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/335-5188) 

Mssionary fBinhdays 

MARCH 1983 

{If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 40 and 
41 of the 1983 Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Mrs. Mary Hoyt March 12 

Greg Robinson March 15, 1972 


Ronald Burk March 15, 1972 

Joseph Johnson March 25, 1975 

Mrs. Nancy Green March 31 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 


Mrs. Doris Julien March 27 


Christopher Manduka March 1, 1982 

Mrs. Kathy Manduka March 25 


Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 

Mr. Dorothy Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 


Offering ©pportunity 



Goal: $8,000 for furnishing 
the office of the 
Counseling Department 
in the Seminary. 
Send before March 10, 1983. 


83 WlVlCi 


How often have you planned your day 
And found it all upset? 
Yet, by some deed accomplished 
A special need has been met. 

Perhaps you've even whispered 
"How lucky can I be?" 
When you should have thanked our God 
For the things He can foresee. 

One day I stood at the window- 
Rain! When it should have been sun, 
For the many things in the garden 
Just crying out to be done. 

Then a brilliant flash or orange. 
With contrasting throat of red. 
As a tiny hummingbird fluttered 
On the white birch branch o'erhead. 

Rain or shine— God made them both! 
They had urgent work to be done; 
A feathery cradle must be hung 
For the family which would come. 

The mate arrived and they tarried 
Just long enough to commune, 
So they could proceed with harmony— 
Their world was not out of tune! 

Oh, God! Forgive me with my worries. 
Spring needs its rain and shine. 
Help me to attune my living 
To the perfect will of Thine. 

An unplanned task had waited long— 
For what is a day in God's sight? 
And He had foreseen better than I 
What things I would need ere the night. 

by Ruth A. Christian, Mabton, Washington 

Hear Ye, 
'0 Hear Ye! 

A// treasurers! Have ye sent your 
Operation and Publication Offering to 
tine National Financial Secretary- 
Treasurer, Miss Joyce Ashman? This 
offering was due September 1 , 1982. 
If ye have not, do it right av\/ayl Please 
do not "save" the offerings for this 
year's goal. Thank ye for your kind 



by Miriam Pacheco 

National WMC President 

This morning the toaster reminded me of 

It looks like a toaster— all shiny and 
bright— plugged in and ready to do the job. 

The aroma of warming bread filled the kit- 
chen, and I knew that the heat was doing the 
job. There was one slice of toast left from the 
first breakfast shift, so I laid it on top of the 
toaster to absorb some warmth. 

Pop! I heard the click but saw no toast 
peek out. It couldn't make it past the extra 
slice covering the opening. 

I look like a person who could be a Chris- 
tian—sometimes bright and overflowing with 
joy— in touch with my Saviour and Lord and 
willing to be used. 

The Lord's power and love and joy are 
within, sufficient to do the job. But there are 
also obstacles and testings that are present in 
my life. 

That final thrust to overcome these prob- 
lems is sometimes blocked by self-pity, jeal- 
ousy, frustration, or indifference. The testing 
becomes too much, and all I do is click. 

February is a difficult month for students as it 
seems to drag on and on. As you remember your 
BSLVer, pray for his/her concentration on studies. 
Also, a valentine card (and perhaps a gift of candy or 
cookies) would be nice. 



— One circle "adopted" a senior citizen 
couple each month and did something special 
for them. During one meeting, all the senior 
ladies brought photo albums and answered 
questions about themselves. Then each one gave 
a short testimony which concluded with advice 
to the younger ladies. (Rialto, California, WMC) 

— This WMC group invited their husbands to 
take them out to dine at a local restaurant for a 
meeting. The program focused on biblical 
guidelines for marriage. (Souttiern Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania, WIVIC) 

— The ladies of this group are having a reach- 
out program to their community by sending 
letters to ladies with new babies. One month 
later, they follow up with a phone call to find 
out if the family Is attending a church, and, if 
not, an invitation is given to attend the GBC. 
(Palmyra, Pennsylvania, WMC) 

— During the time for a special feature, these 
WMC ladies learned a new craft, made the items, 
and delivered the results as gifts to residents in 
a local nursing home. (Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, 

— The North Atlantic District WMC printed 
in Its newsletter a list of banquet speakers who 
live in the area. Information given included the 
speaker's name, address, phone number, and 
talents. What a great way to help local WMCs 
find good speakers for banquets or meetings. 

Let's Take a Look . . . 


As we peek into this file, let's remember to spice 
up our monthly meetings with new ideas. Perhaps 
these suggestions will help you to invent more ways 
to effectively present the missions lessons. 



— Use drama to heighten the impact of missionary moments— role playing, 
dramatic readings, and mini-plays, complete with costumes and props. 

— Have one lady "become" the missionary through dialogue, costumes, 
and props of the country. 

— If there's a missionary in your area, ask her (him) to share about her 
(his) work. Be sure to have a question/answer time. 

— Have committees of ladies work together to prepare food from each 
field to share at the meetings. Type the recipe on a card, so the ladies can 
copy it. 

— Use a game to teach missions information— tic, tac, toe; "Hollywood 
Squares" with mission questions, "To Tell the Truth," or "What's My Line." 

— Set up a few booths at each meeting featuring various mission fields. 
Have the ladies rotate and spend about five minutes at each center. 

— Give a quiz over the missions' study. 

— Use maps! 

— If there are people in your church (or area) who have visited mission 
fields, have them speak or show slides. Good people to use are former mis- 
sionaries and TIME workers (including those who went with the Nehemiah 
Team and Euro-Missions Institute). 

— Show a slide/tape presentation. 

— Contact Brethren Home Missions for information about the Navajo Mis- 
sion, the Jewish work, and home mission churches. 

— Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has information available on Argentina, 
Brazil (North and South), Central African Republic, Chad, England, France, 
Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Orient (Japan and the Philippines), 
as well as prayer guides, photos, and some artifacts. 




. . . that spiritual quality is the reason 
for the existence of this school. 
If that falters, Grace loses 
its reason for existence. 

A Missionary's Impression 

by Denny Brown 

So many times the association 
between Home Missions, Foreign 
Missions, Grace Schools, Christian 
Education, and the other Grace 
Brethren organizations are tal<en 
for granted. We are a close-knit fel- 
lowship and we need to take time 
to remind ourselves of our depend- 
ency upon each other. 

Because of the recent impact of 
Roger Peugh on the Grace campus, 
I felt it would be natural to share 
with you a candid conversation that 
I had with Roger in my office fol- 
lowing the Fall Day of Prayer, 

Denny Brown: Roger, would you 
sum up your involvement and your 
feelings about the Fall Day of 

Roger Peugh: I felt that the spirit in 
the Seminary Day of Prayer was 

very good. There seemed to be 
really excellent participation in 
praise and in praying. I was in the 
group that prayed with the faculty 
members, and I was impressed with 
their sincerity and desire to main- 
tain spiritual quality. I talked to 
one faculty member before our 
time of prayer and pointed out to 
him frankly, that spiritual quality is 
the reason for the existence of this 
school. If that falters, Grace loses 
its reason for existence. Other 
schools can do the academics at 
least as well as or better than we 
can and, therefore, a day of prayer 
is germane and central to the very 
reason for the existence of the 
school. There dare not be a day 
where students and the faculty 
members just go through getting 
the day behind them. I was im- 
pressed, very impressed, that in the 

faculty there was that type of a 
positive spirit and a spiritual atmos- 

DB: You were at the College chapel 
before the Day of Prayer. (Yes.) 
Maybe you could tell us a little bit 
about your impressions of the col- 
lege students' commitments to 
world missions and the spiritual at- 
mosphere in general. 

RP: The day before I spoke, I came 
to visit the chapel just to feel the 
pulse of the school, and try to 
know how to relate the next day. 
That day, Ed Lewis asked for the 
students who were interested in 
missions to stand up. From my van- 
tage point, it looked like about a 
fourth of the student body stood 
up. Now, I may not have guessed it 
correctly, but I was overwhelmed 




thinking back to the time when I 
was a student, how few, percentage- 
wise, in the student body were in- 
terested in missions compared with 
obviously how many now. Then I 
began talking to students, upper- 
classmen, after I spoke and I sensed 
the intensity of their devotion to 
Christ and their interest in missions. 
I have never sensed, either while I 
was a student here, or in coming 
back to visit at other times, the ob- 
vious intensity that I see now. On 
Friday night of that week, we had 
European Ambassadors. I was speak- 
ing over at the missions residence 
and there were forty European Am- 
bassadors at that meeting. I have 
found out from Dave Plaster, pastor 
of the Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Warsaw, Indiana, since 
then that he has discovered another 
twenty; in fact, I've talked with four 
or six since then who weren't at that 
meeting. He's discovered another 
twenty, so there are at least sixty 

students in college and seminary 
and in the area here interested in 
European missions which is phe- 
nomenal, absolutely phenomenal- 

DB: What does all this mean to you 
as a Grace Brethren missionary? 
What will it mean to you when you 
get back to Germany? 

RP: Now I'll speak frankly with 
you because a few years ago I heard 
from a number of sources about a 
low spot that Grace had in its spirit- 
ual atmosphere. Some of the things 
that I heard discouraged me so 
much that I thought that when my 
sons grow up I will not send or en- 
courage them to go to my alma 
mater. If that trend had continued, 
though I love the school very much, 
it would have been serious enough 
for me to consider sending them to 
another school where the spiritual 
atmosphere was more in line with 
the Word of God. 

there are at least sixty students in college 
and seminary and in the area here 

interested in European missions 
which is phenomenal, 
absolutely phenomenal- 

of Grace Schools 

As I come back now, I'm so ex- 
cited about what I see! As far as 
I'm concerned, my boys could not 
come fast enough to be a part of 
this movement of God's Spirit. 
When I return to Germany, in a 
week or so, and share with our 
team (most of us are graduates of 
this school), I will be able to share 
with great joy, as I already have 
done over the telephone and on 
tapes, that I have never seen any- 
thing like this at Grace. If this is 
our prime source of future mission- 
aries for Europe, and it is for Grace 
Brethren missions, and if this school 
is spiritually going down the tubes, 
and becoming materialistic and be- 
coming swept up with the spirit of 
the age, then it becomes extremely 
discouraging for us to think in 
terms of any expansion or any pres- 
ent support from this body. There- 
fore, the opposite, that is, a positive 
spiritual tone, is more than great 
encouragement to us. It just excites 
us tremendously! 

DB: Roger, is there anything you 
would like to share with the readers 
of the Herald about Grace College 
and Seminary and some things 
about Winona Lake that you will 
carry back to Germany? 

RP: One thing I'd like to share just 
in closing, is that people can put on 
a show for an outside guest, but I 
walked into the cafeteria the other 
day and sat down. Two people that 
I know had finished eating, and 
were seated somewhere else in the 
cafeteria. As I watched them, I 
noticed that they were praying. It 
wasn't prayer for the meal because 
they had finished eating, but they 
were praying about something, ob- 
viously intensely involved in fellow- 
ship with one another in the Lord. 
It must have gone on for ten 
minutes, maybe fifteen minutes, as 
they prayed together in the cafe- 
teria. I frankly don't remember that 
at any time when I was a student 
here, finding students that said 
"Let's pray" and did it right where 
they were, in the cafeteria. It 
should have been, and it should be, 
the most natural thing to do for 
Christians, to fellowship with the 
Lord together. It obviously is 
natural for many students here. ■ 




Subiects gathered from near and far (class of '72) 


"L-CLUB" members up 
through October: 

Rev. & Mrs. Robert Ashman 
Mrs. Creola Blevins 
Mr. Edward Bowman 
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Bransford 
Mr. & Mrs. John Bratcher 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Bratcher 
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Brickel 
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Button 
Rev. & Mrs. John Cahill 
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Damer 
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Denlinger 
Mr. & Mrs. Phil Dick 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dick 
Mr. & Mrs. Dave DIehl 
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Dilling 
Mr. & Mrs. Roland Felts 
Dr. & Mrs. Skip Forbes 
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Gensinger 
Mr. & Mrs. John Glingle 
Dr. & Mrs. Mike Grill 
Dr. & Mrs. Steve Grill 
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Griswold 

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Henry 
Mr. & Mrs. David Henthorn 
Mr. Jeff Hibbard 
Rev. & Mrs. Robert Hueni 
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Hueni 
Rev. & Mrs. Forrest Jackson 
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Jeffreys 
Mr. &. Mrs. Lee Jenkins 
Mr. & Mrs. James Kessler 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Koontz 
Mr. David Koontz 
Mr. &Mrs. Ed Miller 
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore 
Mr. & Mrs. James Morrison 
Mr. Steve Nelson 
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Pacheco 
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Roy 
Mr. & Mrs. Randal Sellers 
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Shook 
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Taylor 
Mr. & Mrs. Earl Tomscheck 
Dr. & Mrs. Norman Uphouse 
Mr. & Mrs. Ned Weirich 
Mr. & Mrs. Brent Wilcoxson 
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Woolman 

Dewey Melton Returns to 
the Development Department 

I am pleased to be a part of the Develop- 
ment Department of Grace Schools once again. 
After an absence of a little over five years, I 
have returned to the position of Field Repre- 
sentative as of September 1, 1982. I previously 
held this position from February 1972 through 
May 1977. 

I feel that serving in the position of Director 
of Supporting Services these past five years has 
given me a better insight into the operation of 
Grace Schools. This will be a great asset when 
talking with donors and prospective donors. 

My wife, Beverly, will be traveling with me 
most of the time. We will be contacting donors 
and prospective donors during the week and 
ministering in churches over the weekend. As 
you can see, when we are on the road it is a 
seven-days-a-week job. I also will be working 
with people on estate planning, such as wills, 
annuities, trusts, and so forth. 

My main objective is to do what I can to 
help keep Grace Schools financially sound. I 
believe the most valuable asset which Christians 
have is Christian young people. They are the 
leaders of tomorrow. We need to keep Grace 
Schools strong, where Christian young people 
can be educated to take their place in life 
wherever the Lord may lead them and yet be as 
competitive as the next person. 

We are all in this together and we can all ac- 
complish our objective if we pray and work as a 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

OCTOBER 1982 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

Mr. Henry G. Spece 
Mr. Morrell Brant 
Mr. Robert Cross 

Mrs. Dorothy Toirac 
Mr. Dick Cousins 
Mrs. Leila Mtzky 

Mr. Cfiarles Buc/iter 

In Honor of: 

Mr. & Mrs. Ted Smetzer 
(40 til Wedding Anniversary) 

Given by : 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kilgore 

Mrs. Margaret Brant 

Dr. Myron Yeager 

Mr. & Mrs. Dick Woodring & 

Kimberly Cross 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Armstrong 
Mary Jordon & Family 
Mary Jordon & Family 
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Miss Evelyn Kohler 

Given by : 

Mr. & Mrs. Dick Messner 


33 i 

(Continued from page 23) 

HANCOCK, Kent, Nov. 8. He had been a member of the 
Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, OH, for 46 years. Gerald 
Teeter, pastor. 

LOPEZ, Moises, Oct. 18, a member of the Bellflower Breth- 
ren Church, Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
McCALL, Don, Sept. 30, a member of the Bellflower Breth- 
ren Church, Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
MOORE, Rosie Kaschel, 44, Sept. 13. Rosie was the wife of 
Pastor Jack Moore of the Hope (NJ) Grace Brethren Church. 
MORRIS, Edna, Nov. 6. She had been a faithful and devoted 
servant of the Lord in the Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Whittier, CA. Tom Hughes, pastor. 
REESE, Edward, 86, Oct. 30. He was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 

SETINSEK, Henry, Sept. 19. Henry was a member of the 
Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren Church for 33 years. Earle 
Peer, pastor. 

TRIMBATH, Gertrude, 64, Oct. 8. Miss Trimbath was a 
member of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. 
Charles Martin, pastor. 

WALLACE, Helen, Oct. 30. She had been a faithful member 
of the First Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, OH, since 1920. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

WEBB, Al, Oct. 8, a member of the Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
WOODHEAD, Howard, Oct. 19. Howard had been a member 
of the Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren Church for 30 years. 
Earle Peer, pastor. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Jacqui Moomaw and Steve Hohulin, Sept. 12, 1981, at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, 

Cindy Gladfelter and Jeff Forbes, April 3, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of York, PA, Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 
Dawn Gorey and Rob White, May 1, at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Diana Wonders and Richard Lewis, May 15, at the Grace 
Brethren Church of York, PA. Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 
Cathy Misner and Scott Simms, May 22, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of York, PA. Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 
Marcia Smith and Bruce Daugherty, June 26, at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Linda Durst and Charles Green, July 3, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of York, PA. Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 
Karen Glenn and Ross Farr, July 1 7, at the Southview Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, OH. Donald Farner, pastor. 
Beth Holmes and Dan Bowman, July 17, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Karen Dorsey and Brian Mitchell, Aug. 14, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Troutdale, OR. Daniel White, pastor. 
Sandy Hanna and Doug Burch, Aug. 21, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Karia Gibson and Joseph Moore, Aug. 28, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Elyria, OH. Roy Polman, pastor. 
Debra Schantz and Steven Griffith, Aug. 28, at the Calvary 
church in Souderton, PA. Rev. Robert Griffith, father of the 
groom, and Rev. Robert Smith officiated. 
Cheryl Custer and David Jones, Sept. 1 1, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Meyersdale, PA. Ray Davis, pastor. 

Debra Kopp and Kerry Martin, Sept. 1 1, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Lena Weaver and Rodney Schaeffer, Sept. 1 1 , at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Vicki David and Keith Kurtz, Sept. 25, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Arlene Cehan and Ken Wadsworth, Oct. 2, at the First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 
Melony Ann Hoffmeyer and William Gaudlip, Oct. 9, at the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. H. Don 
Rough, pastor. 

Anita Troyer and David Hall, Oct. 16, at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Norma Jean Uphouse and Robert Francis Lute, Jr., Oct. 16, 
at the Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, OH. Gerald 
Teeter, pastor. 




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The author. Dr. David R. Nicholas, is pastor of 
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He raises such intriguing questions as: "Was the 
Apostle Paul a woman hater?" "Should women 
teach adult Bible classes?" "Should women be or- 
dained?" His answers to these and other timely 
issues, based on scriptural documentation, provide 
informative reading and a solid foundation for the 
modern woman to evaluate her own role in the 

Mrs. John C. Whitcomb states: "This book is a 
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'lans Drawn for Chapel 
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There's excitement in the air at Grace Village in Winona 
.ake, Indiana, as residents look forward to the erection of 
heir new chapel, to be located in the center of the complex. 

The chapel, with a seating capacity of 230 persons, has 
)een designed by Brethren Building Ministries of Winona 
-ake. Total cost of construction will be approximately 
5200,000, and designated memorial gifts and bequests are 
)elng accepted to care for the cost of this new facility. 

When completed. It will add one more dimension to the 
nany total living features enjoyed by Grace Village resl- 
ients. This month, the last two wings of the retirement 
:omplex have been completed, with 22 apartments added 
o the 99 presently occupied. 

'^lease send information concerning the following: 

D Memorial Gifts and Bequests for the New Chapel 

D Available Apartments D Health Care Facilities 

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In 1969 Dr. Jeremiah went to Fort 

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years of ministry, tinder his leadership, 
a Christian school was developed and 
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Mrs. Char Binkley is the Assistant 
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A graduate of Fort Wayne Bible 
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system for six years. Before taking the 
position as Assistant Manager. Mrs. 
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Reflections By Still Waters 

An Apple for 
the Teacher 

Charles W. Turner 


The story for all students Is almost too good to be 
true. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, teachers must 
produce a note from their doctor if they are sick. It 
seems that too many teachers have been calling in 
sick, so "prove it with a note" appeared to be an an- 
swer to an age-old problem. I wonder if some of the 
teachers used an old solution to the problem and had 
a friend sign the note! 

Philadelphia is not the only area that is facing that 
problem. Absenteeism among teachers is a growing 
problem throughout the United States. Fear is one 
way of getting the teacher to show up— threaten them 
that they must prove their illness. In Atlanta, substi- 
tutes cost the system $1,700,000. In Washington, 
D.C., the cost went to $2,700,000. However, how 
does this one sound to you? In Chicago, teachers with 
perfect attendance can win a free trip to Puerto Rico. 

Why all the absenteeism among teachers? If you 
have been in a classroom lately, you may have 
guessed the answer to this question. It is not hard to 
find a problem if you were going into a classroom of 
some of the larger city schools. Reports abound of 
the need for special guards to patrol the hallways in 
the interest of students' and teachers' security. 

But we all know that sugar is better than vinegar, 
even when it comes to getting teachers to show up for 
work. Some school systems have "special gifts of 
apples" to tempt the teachers to gather together on a 
regular basis to help educate the youth of America. 
How do these sound for positive temptation? In 
Houston, if a teacher does not use more than five sick 
days per year, he or she receives a bonus of up to 
$3,000. Not bad to help entice the reluctant leader 
into the class! In Atlanta, if you do not use your sick 
days, you may accumulate them and retire early. You 
can readily see there are new "applesfor the teachers," 

enticing them to join in the noble adventure of edu- 

Public education has seen more than its fair share 
of problems. Stories of graduates from high school 
being unable to read their high school diplomas re- 
ceived attention a few years ago on national tele- 
vision. The SAT scores of students have been on a 
declining basis for a number of years and finding 
graduates with good grammar and spelling habits is 
becoming more difficult. It is a very challenging task 
to educate masses of people, along with maintaining 
a high level of accomplishment. Public education has 
been assigned this enormous job. Geographic and 
economic locations have made the work even more 
difficult. So, apples for the teachers who undertake 
their work seriously! 

Many persons have felt that the work of educating 
their children is too serious a matter to hand over to 
the state. They have set up separate systems of edu- 
cation on a private basis. Many churches have either 
separately or collectively instituted Christian educa- 
tion as a channel for preparing their youth for the 
future. As in all ventures, these enterprises have met 
with varying degrees of success. Some have been high- 
ly successful in meeting their goals; others have pro- 
vided more zeal than truth or education. 

To all who have tried in the arena of Christian edu- 
cation, may we propose an apple: "Presented with sin- 
cere gratitude to each teacher, administrator, student, 
and supporter, who has accepted the challenge to in- 
struct young people in the whole counsel of God." 





^ol. 45 No. 2 February 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
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departmental Editors: 
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4 Christ's Ambassadors to Brasilia 

8 Church Planting in Germany— Challenges for 
God's People 

14 The True Light of the World 

16 Isobel Fraser— Sharing the Gospel with the Jews 

19 The Great Commission 

20 God Has Planted a New Church in Frederick 
22 Big Churches are for the Small, Too 

25 God's Word . . . Forever Settled 

26 Takers or Givers? 

30 Confessions of a Frogger^"^ Freak 

32 WMC Idea File 

34 People of Grace 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News 13,38 • Conference Preview 25 • 

repc rtecl in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

"Fifth and Cherry" leads in Bible read- 
ing! There were 1,137 persons in the NFBC 
who reported that they had read the Bible 
through during 1947. The First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California, had 56 
who accomplished the reading and this 
church led the Fellowship. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1958 

Findlay, Ohio, went self-supporting with 
records being reported. There were 37 first- 
time decisions during the past year and the 
average attendance in Sunday school was 
148. Gerald Teeter, pastor. . . . Howard 
Vulgamore was released from Veteran's Hos- 
pital following his injury at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

The Brethren Missionary Herald an- 
nounced the accomplishment of having 
reached the goal of $1,000,000 in income. 
This was the first such year in its history, 
and four years ahead of its stated goal. . . . 
Rev. Sam Horney went to be with the Lord 
following a massive stroke. 


Dear Readers, 

Thank you for making 1982 a good 
year at the Herald. Our percentage of 
gains in sales and income was not as 
high as some former years, but it was a 
good year. The recession and the diffi- 
culties in finances that have affected 
many local churches was carried on to 
the national level in obtaining supplies 
and materials. 

To all of the people and pastors 
who helped in our publication offer- 
ing, a very special thanks! Many pas- 
tors are in possession of some Ryrie 
New American Standard Bibles be- 
cause their churches met the $5.00 per 
member goal. We will continue the 
offer for 1983— and to any who re- 
ceived a $100.00 Bible, we will have 
something special for you this year. 
Those who did not get their Bibles, we 
will give you a second chancel— CWT 



The symbol of Brasilia 



to Brasilia 

"Now then we are ambas- 
sadors for Christ ... (2 Cor. 
5:20)." No doubt as the 
Apostle Paul wrote those 
words, he couldn't help but 
sense the awesome responsi- 
bility and dignity connected 
with the title. 

An ambassador for Christ! 

Yes, what greater joy and 
duty could there be than to 
represent one's country 
(heaven) and government (the 

This is the sentiment felt by 
the Norm Johnson missionary 
family as we have accepted a 
new assignment and entered a 
new mission location. The 
assignment? To plant and 
develop another Grace Breth- 
ren church. Where? In Brasilia, 
the modern, beautiful national 
capital of Brazil. 

Having helped to establish 
the first Grace Brethren 
church in South Brazil (Uber- 
landia), our family felt God's 
call to reach out into another 
city. Following a four-month 
furlough, in March of 1982 



our family moved to Brasilia 
in the Federal District of 

What's Brasilia Like? 

Brasilia dominates strategic 
national importance due to 
governmental influences. 
When Brasilia became the 
national capital on April 21, 
1960, the whole national 
structure shifted from Rio de 
Janeiro to Brasilia. 

The new capital was des- 
tined to express the greatness 
of a national aspiration, the 
only city to have been com- 
pletely designed. It is a 
functional city, one that has 
an architectural self-expression. 

Brasilia is shaped like an 
airplane, being called the 
"Piano Piloto" (Pilot Plan). 
The fuselage forms the minis- 
try buildings, banking and 
commercial sectors, cultural 
and civic centers, and so forth. 
The wings form the residential 
sectors. A man-made lake, 20 
miles long, borders the 
southern side of the city with 
its many country and sporting 

At night, Brasilia becomes 
radiant and majestic with 
lighted fountains and monu- 
ments. During the day, there is 
a flow of black government 
cars with senators, deputies, 
ambassadors, and other 
officials. One of the highlights 
is the presidential motorcade 
and the changing of the guard. 
Just recently our children, 
Heidi and Joe, exchanged a 
friendly "hi" with President 
Joao Figueiredo as he was 
leaving a public event. That's 
excitement in a child's world! 
In short, there's always some- 
thing to do in Brasilia! 

Why Was Brasilia Chosen? 

Several factors could be 
mentioned, but the two key 
factors would be: 1 ) "bridges" 
of contact, and 2) receptivity. 
"Bridges" of contact simply 
refer to people who have 
already had contact with our 
movement and have moved to 
other cities providing possi- 
bilities for new works. 

This was the case in Brasilia. 
Two families that presently 
are attending the new work in 

Brasilia were involved to some 
degree or were familiar with 
the Uberlandia work and 

Why is Brasilia considered a 
receptive city? A fantastic 
number of people who now 
live in Brasilia were uprooted 
from certain family and tradi- 
tional ties. When people 
migrated to the modern 
capital city that offered new 
jobs and opportunities and a 
broad cultural setting, they 
were exposed to various 
changes in life. 

As experts on church 
growth explain, change and 
modernization create a more 
open outlook from the tradi- 
tional setting, and thus aid in 
the receptivity of the Gospel. 
This is evidenced by growth of 
a number of evangelical 
churches here. But statistics 
would also reveal that there is 
still plenty of work to be done 
to win the many thousands of 
people for Jesus Christ in this 
great harvest field. The 
Federal District now has a 
population of over a million 
and a quarter people! 

Over a million people need to hear the Gospel. 

(Continued on page 6) 

What Progress Has Been 
Made in the New Work? 

The Lord has specifically 
answered prayer and richly 
blessed the original goal 
of beginning a Sunday 
Bible study within 
the first three months 
of arrival in Brasilia. 
On April 4 (5 weeks after 
our arrival), the first Sun- 
day morning Bible study 
and Sunday school were 
held with 20 Brazilians 
present. Approximately 
50 Brazilians have already 
participated, and the 
weekly average has been 
around 20 Brazilians. Five 
families are presently involved 
on a regular basis. 

The two families that were 
introduced to our Uberlandia 
Bible studies are: Mario and 
Elizabeth Souza Rosa (with 
three children), and Dr. Elson 
and Maria Angelica Figueira 
(with one child). Another 
family, Mauricio and Lucimar 
(with one child), is involved as 
a result of Elizabeth's influ- 
ence and invitation. The other 
two families are our neighbors: 
Adelcio and Lucia (with two 

The weekly adult Bible study (Mario and Elizabeth are on the plaid couch). 

It's time for Sunday school! 

children), and Cleofas Santos 
(with his three children). 
Sonia, a medical doctor and 
Cleofas' wife, is resistant to 
the Gospel. She definitely 
needs our prayers. Sonia is also 
Lucia's sister. 

The exciting happening has 
been the beautiful manner in 
which several individuals have 
favorably responded to our 
ministry. After the first Bible 
study that Adelcio attended, 
he admitted that he practically 
had never held a Bible in his 

hand before. Now he and 
Lucia are reading it daily and 
are having a prayer time with 
their children! 

When Cleofas was facing 
severe marital problems, he 
would often say, "Your move 
into our neighborhood and 
ministry to our family clearly 
demonstrates the working of 
God and reveals that God has 
a special plan for our family. 
I have hope my wife will be 

Elizabeth has grown so 
much in the Lord! She says, 
"Before your arrival in Brasilia, 
I was desperately searching for 
a church that would meet my 
needs. I am now learning so 
many new things for which I 
am so happy!" 

Prayer meetings and individ- 
ual Bible studies are also being 
introduced. The exciting 
aspect is that many are already 
calling the new work "our 
church." Many phases have to 
take place before an organized 
church can become a reality, 
but it appears evident the 
Lord is preparing the initial 

" (Continued on next page) 




What Can You Do? 

A priority is consistent 
prayer. Our family is in 
Brasilia today because of 
faithful prayer partners. Sig- 
nificant ground steps have 
been made, because our 
churches prayed as they were 
made aware of the needs while 
we were on furlough. 

But if we ever needed a 
greater prayer emphasis, then 
now is the time! 

The new work must not 
lose its initial momentum. 
New families must be quickly 
added. Conversions to Christ 
must take place. We need a 
Christian talented in music to 
lead this important ministry. 
We need another Sunday 
school teacher. 

Place yourself in the mis- 
sionary's position. How does 
this all take place? See why we 
need your prayers? 

Another priority is more 
missionaries. The Brazilian 
harvest field needs laborers 
right now! Especially with 
spiritism and the cults on the 
uprise, the Lord's servants 
must respond. 

The South Brazil team (Tim 
and Sandy Farner, Barbara 
Hulse, Dan and Nancy Green, 
and Norm and Cleo Johnson) 
is praying and asking for 30 
missionaries (12 couples and 6 
singles) to be planted in ten 
Brazilian cities by the end of 
the decade. Ask yourself what 
part you can have in this God- 
honoring task. 

Could He be speaking to 
you? Or, could He be asking 
you to support another? May 
God's servants be moved to 
service! ■ 

Idiot Lights 

by Wendell Kent 

It used to be that your automobile had gauges that told you 
important things like temperature, battery condition, and oil 
pressure. An intelligent driver felt like he knew what was hap- 
pening under the hood and could deal with a situation before 
it became an emergency. 

Then somebody in Detroit apparently decided you and I 
weren't smart enough to read those gauges. Instead they 
installed little red lights that come on when something goes 

Guess what your garageman calls this system! "Idiot lights" 
is the common designation. 

The inference is that we who depend upon a red light that 
flashes only when trouble arrives, rather than monitoring 
gauges that could warn us in advance, are idiots. 

I drive a car with idiot lights. Chances are you do, too. It 
irks me to know how low the carmaker's estimation of my in- 
telligence is, but there isn't much I can do about it. 

Are we guilty too often of waiting until an emergency 
flashes its presence before we take measures to insure our un- 
interrupted progress down the road we travel? 

We in Grace Brethren Foreign Missions can see some de- 
lightful "emergencies" on the horizon. For instance, a record 
number of young people are considering missionary service, 
our European missionaries are talking about 100 missionaries 
for Europe in this decade, and our most recent candidate 
school was larger than ever. 

We also see some not-so-delightful warnings for the future. 
Rising nationalism and anti-Americanism, runaway inflation, 
and widespread unemployment, to name a few. 

Maybe the Lord will come before any of these emergencies 
develop. If He doesn't, will we be prepared as well as we might 
have been to meet the challenges that come? 

Or, will we just wait for the idiot lights to flash? 



hallenges for Gods People 

Fences, gates, and locked 
doors bar the entrance to 
German homes. 

Health, wealth, and 

wisdom . . . They may be 

more of a curse than a 

blessing. When 

unbelievers feel no need in 

their lives . . . If believers 

live independent of one 

another . . . 

by Dave Manduka 

"But we couldn't- do that," she said. "People 
would think we were a sect!" 

It seemed an innocent statement, and perhaps one 
with which we might agree, until we see it in the con- 
text as a response to a clear command of God in His 
Word. Such are the challenges before one who would 
plant churches in Germany. 

A Question of Principle 

What other people think is a question we often ask 
ourselves. But as a principle of life, it reflects a deep- 
founded insecurity. Such insecurity causes us to 
withdraw into ourselves and our small groups. It 
causes us to fear anything strange. It may paralyze us, 
hindering obedience to God. 

A careful survey of the German ways reveals actions 
and thought-patterns that may be indicative of such 
an insecurity. As one walks home, it is not hard to 
make observations in the physical realm. Windows 
peer out on the sidewalks, bordered by shutters or 
capable of being closed with heavy blinds. Curtains 
are drawn. Small yards may line the front of the 
buildings, perhaps no deeper than five or six feet, 
with small concrete walls and wrought-iron fences. A 
large wrought-iron gate guards the way into the 
courtyard. The door into the building is locked, and 
at night it is double-locked. Inside the building door 
after door is locked. 

But the physical is overwhelmed by the mental. 
Things foreign are feared or disdained by many. 
Families are close, not necessarily by love, but by 
duty and perhaps fear. Small towns seldom fully 

accept new residents into their midst, even after 20 to 
30 years. Culturally and dialectically distinct regions 
regard each other with mutual distrust or deprecia- 
tion. Non-Germans are the recipients of increasing 

Churches and religious groups outside the recog- 
nized Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches are 
feared. Most frequently they are regarded as sects, 
irrespective of their understanding of Scripture. 
Irritating and even deceptive practices by some 
groups have encouraged the government to begin 
routine checks of those applying for residence and 
having special religious purposes. 

The challenge to the missionary is to present to 
these people the answer to insecurity and to present 
the One who can free people from the bondage of 
fear. It becomes a challenge to gather believers into a 
church patterned upon biblical guidelines and thus 
distinct in many ways from what they know. It is a 
challenge to disciple believers to submit to God's 
Word regardless of what others may think. 

A Harvest of Error 

Church planting in Germany has challenges rooted 
in hundreds of years of political and religious history. 
Perhaps the best place to begin would be the early 
years of the sixteenth century. 

In the year 1500, the Roman Catholic church still 
had dominion in Germany and all of Europe. Discon- 
tent at the political overtures of Rome had long been 
present, and the preceding century had seen the 
flickering of religious truth as men discovered anew 
the Word and the truths in it. 

It was at this time that Martin Luther took his 




National churches are plentiful but spiritually dead. 

stand upon the Bible and fully ennbraced the doctrine 
of justification by faith alone, in full confrontation 
with Rome. Unlike previous attempts, this fire, which 
was to be called the Reformation, took hold and 
spread. But it is the very success of Martin Luther 
that tends to hide his failures and the root of a prob- 
lem in Germany. 

Although Luther rejected the Roman doctrine of 
salvation by works, he failed to reject their doctrine 
of the church. Instead of accepting the biblical teach- 
ing that churches are locally organized, interdependent 
groups of true believers, he continued the practice of 
a church for all the people (regardless of their true 
spiritual condition)— one large institution which was 
regarded as the true church. Furthermore, he allowed 
and encouraged the alliance of this church with the 
political rulers of his day. 

Years passed, and the seeds of error that had been 
sown were to bear their fruit. The church institution, 
robbed of its purity from the very beginning, lost its 
fervor. Individuals and groups arose, challenging the 
deadness and calling for a biblical renewal. Because of 
the early alliances, their challenge was also under- 
stood as political. Many were imprisoned and killed; 
others fled— among them was Alexander Mack and 
the small following that was to become the Brethren 
Church. Still others remained and attempted to work 
within the system. 

The system still exists today, as well as many of 
the groups that had hoped to reform it from with- 
in— 250 years of effort later. The system has taught 
the people that they are Christian (although most are 
without Christ), that they are a part of the church 
(which institution bears none of the marks of the true 
Church), and that all other groups outside the system 
are suspect. The small groups who want reform from 
within still hold the same errors that Luther held and 
still fail at having a fully biblical Christianity. 

Our challenge is to start churches apart from this 
system, patterned according to the Word of God, 
pure and holy, honoring to Christ and submitting to 
Him. Those who would so involve themselves may 
face misunderstanding, rejection, and, perhaps, one 
day, physical persecution. It is no small task, but our 
God, the God of the Bible, is able. 

A Blessing and a Curse 

Healthy, wealthy, and wise is perhaps an apt 
description of today's German people. It is also an 
accurate listing of challenges that face the church- 
planter in Germany. 

A German language book for foreigners discusses 
as part of one of its lessons the improved health 
condition of the German people. They are taller now. 
They live longer. There is a decreased infant mortality 
rate. Diseases are being eradicated. Today's Ger- 




man is healthier. Perhaps. But it is certainly true that 
today's German who is sick is better cared for than 
ever before. There are excellent hospitals, homes for 
the elderly and handicapped, special schools, and 
even special state-funded vacations for "cures." 

The wealth of Germany is seen beyond its social 
health-care services. A drive through the city or on 
one of the auto routes will provide the visitor with 
the opportunity to marvel at the number of Mercedes 
cars on the road. They may even outnumber the VWs. 
The homes, too, can be beautiful. A dream of many 
Germans is to own their own home or apartment. 
Many succeed, paying perhaps $30,000 per room. 
The Germans are prosperous, rising from near total 
destruction after World War II. And they know it. 

Technology has increased and education is highly 
respected. Children begin making career choices in 
the fourth grade. The school in which they continue 
will narrow their opportunities. They will find 
competition high. 

affluence are not bad, but how easy it is for pride to 
raise its ugly head in such an environment and pre- 
vent a man from coming to God. 

And wisdom, so-called, can be a mere pseudo- 
intellectualism. Titles are highly respected and, 
unfortunately, often more than godliness. Strangely, 
even titles and man's own discoveries are rejected, as 
well as the revealed knowledge of God, when they 
disagree with what one wants to believe. 

Health, wealth, and wisdom— sometimes a blessing, 
sometimes a curse. Our challenge is to start churches 
of believers who are spiritually healthy, who seek 
heavenly riches, and who desire God's wisdom. That 
would be a contrast for Germany. That is a challenge 
for us. 

All the challenges may be met, but only by the 
power of the God who has willed to build His Church. 
Will you join in meeting the challenges? Will you 
pray? Will you pray that God would send laborers? 

Would you be ready to go? ■ 



Buying at the flower market 

Health, wealth, and wisdom may not be all that it 

seems. They may be more of a curse than a blessing. 

When unbelievers feel no need in their lives, their ^^^~^''~ 

health or wealth or wisdom is no blessing. If believers 
live independent of one another, theirs is also no 

The health-care system has the deadly support of 
drugs. Regularly they are supplied in times of crises. 
When a person could be aware of spiritual need, he is 
made unable to think rationally. 

Pride is a crippler among those who are well-off 
materially. How many others can claim the success 
story of the Germans? How many others can claim 
the level of affluence found in Germany? Success and 

Health, wealth, and wisdom — sometimes 

a blessing, sometime a curse. Our 

challenge is to start churches of believers 

who are spiritually healthy, who seek 

heavenly riches, and who desire God's 



f /ft/? Tre/M^ Goes to 
the Central African Republic 

Bible Truths is an interesting booklet which was 
written by Dr. Alva J. McClain, the founder of Grace 
Theological Seminary. It has been reprinted 11 times 
by the Missionary Herald Co., and has received a wide 
acceptance in our fellowship of churches and other 
church groups. Bible Truths selects 28 Bible doctrine 
topics and asks 355 questions, answering all of them 
with verses from the Bible—the question and answer 
format has been used in Bible classes and Sunday 
schools throughout the United States. 

Now the Bible Truths booklet is going to Africa! 
Rosella Cochran, our missionary to the Central Afri- 
can Republic, has translated it into the Sango 
language. The Missionary Herald has printed 3,000 
copies and they are ready to go to work in Africa, 
helping African Christians better understand the 

The translation of Bible Truths into Sango has 
been established as a project, and approximately 
$1,000 has been given toward the total cost of 
$3,000. Perhaps you, or your Sunday school class or 
local church would like to assist in raising the $2,000 
still needed to complete the project! 

Join with Rosella, Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions and the African Christians in this new and excit- 
ing task of publishing Brethren books in foreign 
languages. Please be certain to designate any gifts for 
this project as "Bible Truths— Sango" and send them 
to either the Foreign Missionary Society of the Grace 
Brethren Church, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana 46590; or the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 
P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Thank 


D Pastors and church secretaries! Have you heard 
about the great prices available on the three types of 
every-Sunday bulletin services offered by the Mission- 
ary Herald? For as little as $2.85 per hundred, 
postage paid, you can purchase beautiful full-color 
bulletins for your church. Call us today (toll-free) and 
we'll send descriptive brochures with complete infor- 
mation-! -800-348-2756. 

DThe Mansfield Grace Brethren Church of Stowe, 
VT, began holding services on Nov. 21. The new 
church is meeting each Sunday at 10 a.m. at the 
Memorial Building. Enoch Rowell, from the Irasburg 
church, is serving as intern lay pastor. 

D A Thanksgiving Sunday celebration was held last 
November at the Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, VA. William Byers, southern field 
representative for the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil and former pastor of the church, was the special 
speaker. A 20-year mortgage note was happily burned 
at the occasion. Mr. Byers furnished special music 
on a portable sound system which was dedicated dur- 
ing the morning service, and was followed by a carry- 
in luncheon. Robbie Miner of the Old Time Gospel 
Hour, ended the day with a special concert. Ron 
Thompson, pastor. 

D Church treasurers and financial secretaries! The 
national organizations which comprise the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches will appreciate it very 
much if offerings could be sent in quarterly. This 
would help insure a more steady cash flow for each 
board (an important factor in these uncertain eco- 
nomic times) and also help ease the end of the year 
work load in the accounting offices. Thank you for 
your cooperation! 

n Harry Parton, 85-year-old Yakima Valley (WA) 
resident, was headlined by the November Ruralite as 
the "Happy Pioneer" who, with his older brother, 
grubbed sagebrush off their 80 acres of allotment 
land on the Yakima Indian Reservation— the first time 
ever for irrigation water to run over that soil. 

Through the years he has served as Sunday school 
superintendent, teacher, and moderator for 19 years 
at the Harrah Brethren Church, and he is still faithful 
in attendance. 

The Partons patented four sons— Dale, a music 
teacher and mouth organ virtuoso, Enumclaw, WA; 
Lowell, a farmer and realtor who lives on the Satus; 
Harry, Jr., who farms in the Columbia Basin; and 
Lynn, a voc-ag instructor. 

n STATISTICAL BLANKS were mailed to all chur- 
ches in January. They should be returned no later 
than February 28— one copy to your District Statis- 
tician and one copy to National Statistician Ralph 
Burns, Apt. IE, Country Club Apts., Country Club 
Lane, Anderson, SC 29621 . 

D Dr. Sam Fowler became the pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Alexandria, VA, after having served 
as interim pastor since the Fall of 1981. He is profes- 
sor of Systematic Theology and Bible at the Washing- 
ton Bible College and also teaches English Literature. 
Dr. Fowler received his B.A. from the Washington 
Bible College; the M.Div. and Th.M. from Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN; and his 
Ph.D. from Dallas (TX) Theological Seminary. His 
wife serves as a secretary at the Washington Bible Col- 

D After examinations by the Fort Lauderdale (Flori- 
da) GBC Elder Board and the Florida Ministerial Ex- 
amining Board, the congregation voted to formally 
ordain Kent Good, missionary to France, to the of- 
fice of elder in the Grace Brethren Church on Dec. 
5, 1982. 

At the ordination service, held at Kent's home 
church (Fort Lauderdale GBC), several other GBC 
churches from Florida were represented: North 
Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Okeechobee and Fort 
Myers (where Kent served as intern and interim 
pastor in 1979). Pastor Paul Mutchler of the Fort 
Lauderdale GBC preached the message, entitled "Set 

Front row, left to right: Joe Taylor, Marvin Good 
(Kent's father), Kent and Becky Good, Pastor Ed 
Lewis. Back row, left to right: Bill Blalock, Gwin 
Taylor, Wes Scott, Pastor Russ Betz (Fort Lauderdale 
GBC), Jim Starbuck, Pastor Duane Bartle (Pompano 
Beach GBC), and Pastor Tim Manning (West Broward 
Alliance). Photo compliments of University Studios. 

(N EWS continued on page 38 j 

iBMH FEBRUARY '83 13: 




of the World 

by Rev. Doyle Miller, Director 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 
Los Angeles, California 

A local basketball 
star was sitting with 
his fiancee in his automo- 
bile in a driveway in an affluent 
Los Angeles neighborhood. A young 
man approached with a gun and shot and 
killed the athlete. Several months have passed 
without a trace of the suspects' real motive for 
the shooting. 

Here in Los Angeles, the following week- 
end after the defeat of gun control, the num- 
ber of deaths by guns doubled by fourteen. 
People were criminally assaulted after turning 
over cash and valuables. 

The need for light is evident in the daily 
news reports from around the world. Take a 
look at the news in your area and notice the 
need for the true light of the world. 

Yeshua HaMachiah, Jesus the Messiah, is 

the true light of 

the world. "... I will also 

give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou 

mayest be my salvation unto the end of the 

earth" (Isa. 49:6). 

Men, women, boys, and girls still live in 
darkness in spite of God's marvelous light be- 
cause they stop short of the whole council of 
God. From the beginning of God's revelation 
to man, He progressively gave light— more and 
more until at a point in history ". . . the 
"Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, 
(and we beheld his glory) . . ." (John 1:14). 
The light is real, but there is no guarantee that 
people will come to the light. To the con- 




trary— "And this is the condemnation, that 
light is conne into the world, and men loved 
darkness rather than light, because their deeds 
were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth 
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his 
deeds should be reproved" (John 3:19-20). 
Abundant light is available, but people must 
be taught to come and taste and see that the 
Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusteth 
in him (See Ps. 34:8). 

In Judaism, lighting of candles is a weekly 
occurrence. Many feasts and celebrations in- 
clude lighting candles. The annual Festival of 
Lights (Hanukkah) is celebrated in December 
and has many similarities with Christmas. 

In the year 169 B.C., a Syrian tyrant by the 
name of Antiochus Epiphanes campaigned 
against Jerusalem. Nicknamed "the Horrible," 
he performed heartless and brutal attacks 
upon the Temple and the priests. After ran- 
sacking the ornate gold and silver implements 
of worship and totally desecrating the 
Temple, he forced the people to worship his 
god, Jupiter. Furthermore, the people were 
forced to sacrifice pigs and all Sabbath and 
ritual worship ceased. The people were 
tortured and disgraced. 

Then a miracle happened. The town of 
Modin, near Jerusalem, was raided by "Hor- 
rible Antiochus" and it was his downfall! Five 
brothers, called the Maccabees, stirred a brave 
band of Jews who lived in Modin and resisted 
the invaders. The Temple was restored and 
the people rejoiced. If those brave Jews had 
not preserved the Temple, there would have 
been no place for the Messiah to come for 
dedication (See Luke 2:28). And, as they 
reconstructed the holy altar they noticed a 
small vessel of oil for the holy light among the 
rubble of the "sacred stones." It burned 
miraculously for eight days when there was 
only enough oil for one day. The Festival of 
Lights was born in remembrance of this great 

Hanukkah is a festive season in modern 
Judaism. The most important ceremony is 
the kindling of the eight candles, one each 
day for eight days. The entire emphasis is 
based upon— light! Webster's Dictionary de- 
fines light as: "Showing the way by giving 
light, or, as the beacons lighting the way for 
planes to land safely to the airport." 

In many ways, Hanukkah and Christmas 

are similar— both originated in the same land- 
Israel, by the same people— the Jews. Both 
celebrations come on the same day in their re- 
spective months— the twenty-fifth day of 
Kislev and the twenty-fifth day of December. 
During both observances, a "servant" is 
prominent. The "Shammash" is the servant 
candle used to light the other eight candles on 
succeeding evenings. For the Christian, "Mes- 
siah" is the one who came not to be minis- 
tered unto but to minister (as a servant). He 
said of himself, "... I am the light of the 
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in 
darkness, but shall have the light of life" 
(John 8:12). Have you considered this light 
for your own life? 

May we remember that: "For mine eyes 
have seen thy salvation, which thou hast pre- 
pared before the face of all people; a light to 
lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy 
people Israel" (Luke 2:30-32). No matter 
how dark the night may appear to be— for the 
child of God there is a light to lighten the way 
to the beacon of life— Jesus the Messiah. 

As believers we must let our light so shine 
before men that Jewish and Gentile people 
will be drawn to Jesus the Messiah— the one 
true light of the world. Believers are commis- 
sioned to follow the example of John the 
Baptist. John 1 :7 says we should bear witness 
of the light. "Thou shouldest be my servant 
to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the 
preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a 
light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my 
salvation unto the end of the earth" (Isa. 
49:6). ■ 

Doyle Miller has 

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Isobel Fraser, left, offers encouragement to a Jewish lady. 

Isobel Fraser : 

Sharing the Gospel 
with the Jews 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

Isobel opens the door of the huge apartment 
building and steps inside. The sounds of the 
city are muffled as the door shuts behind her. 
She breathes a silent prayer, "Thank you. 
Lord, for bringing me safely this far. Now 
help me bring Sally* to the realization that 
Jesus, the Messiah, is her Lord and Saviour." 

As Isobel clasps the well-worn banister and 
starts up the steps, she thinks of the little lady 
she is about to visit. It has been several years 
since Sally first came to the Bet El Bible 
study. Although she has listened intently to 
Isobel 's lessons, she continues to believe, as 
many Jews do, that Jesus Christ is not the son 
of God, the Saviour of the world. In recent 
weeks, Sally has been sick and only just 
yesterday came home from the hospital. "I 

*Not her real name 

^:=10 FEBRUARY '83 RHMn 

hope this experience will help her to realize 
she needs to rely on you. Lord," Isobel prays 
silently. At the top of the stairs, she sees 
Sally's door and in a few quick steps is there, 
reaching for the brass knocker. Tapping it 
lightly, she thinks, "I hope she is not asleep." 

"Who is it?" a voice, with a heavy Jewish 
accent, calls out. 

"It's Isobel," the missionary answers cheer- 

"Oh, Isobel, I'm so glad you're here," the 
voice behind the door answers. A chain lock 
jingles, and then a second one. Finally, the 
lock scrapes and the door clicks open. A 
hunched-over elderly woman appears. 

"Come in," she says brightly. 

"I thought I'd see how you were doing," 
Isobel tells her. As the two sit down on the 

couch, the missionary listens carefully to 
Sally's description of her stay in the hospital, 
then tells her news of other friends and offers 
encouragement. The visit ends with her read- 
ing a portion of Scripture and having prayer 
with the little lady. 

it is a scene that is often repeated in the 
life of Isobel Fraser, 61, veteran missionary to 
the Jewish people of the Fairfax District of 
Los Angeles, California. Since 1951, this ener- 
getic lady has lived among these historically 
significant people, sharing with them the good 

The Bible study for the blind begins with lunch. It is often a time of serious discussion 

news of Jesus Christ. 

Often introduced by her Jewish friends as 
"my Bible teacher," Isobel feels she has a 
good reception among those who know her. 
"More people are leery because I'm a mission- 
ary, than simply Gentile," she explains. Much 
of her time is spent in visitation, but teaching 
is her favorite part of the work. She leads the 
weekly Bet El ladies Bible study in her apart- 
ment, as well as a ministry to blind individuals, 
which meets at the mission on North Kings 
Road. She has also assisted in the children's 
ministry at the mission, which is headed by 
Director Doyle Miller and his wife, Jaynie. 

The work among the Jewish people is often 
slow and discouraging. "First of all, you have 
the barrier of the Jewish people's attitude 
toward Christianity," she notes. "Then, so 
many of them don't know too much about 
the Bible and they go more by what they 
were taught by their rabbis or what they 
heard from parents or tradition." 

"You almost have to lay the foundation, 
showing them what the Bible and God re- 

quire," she notes. And even though the work 
reaches a point of getting almost tedious, she 
feels it is worth it. "I think any soul is worth- 
while, even though we don't see the numbers 
we would like to see," she says, noting it is 
also rewarding to see them grow in the things 
of the Lord. 

"Jewish work is more a one-to-one minis- 
try," she explains. "You don't find Jewish 
people coming to meetings just through an in- 
vitation, like people would come to church. 
You more or less have to have a personal 
contact with them 
many times. Sometimes, 
you have to break 
down prejudices before 
you see them willing 
to come," she says. 
Many of her contacts 
are a result of monthly 
socials held in her apart- 
ment. "We play games 
like Scrabble"^^ and 
Password^^," she ex- 
plains. "After they get 
to know me, then they 
are willing to come to, 
perhaps, some of our 
meetings we have." 

Her love for the Jew- 
ish people goes back to 
her school years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
where several close friends were Jewish. "I 
had a special interest in them," she says. "In 
fact, at first I was a bit concerned that my in- 
terest was more personal than the Lord's lead- 
ing," she adds. "It was my senior year at Bob 
Jones (University) that I really was convinced 
the Lord wanted me to get into Jewish 

Born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1921, she 
was quite young when her family moved to 
the United States. She was almost 21 when 
she made a life-changing decision through the 
witness of a neighbor. 

"One Christmas, she gave me a Bible," 
Isobel recalls, admitting, "Well, I wasn't very 
happy at the time I got it. The last thing on 
my mind was a Bible." But the young woman 
began to read it and attended some activities 
at the First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, In- 
diana. "It was through this that the Lord 
spoke to my heart and showed me my own 
personal need for Jesus as my Saviour," she 

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(Continued from page 17) 

As a high school graduate, Isobel worked at 
the Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort 
Wayne. She later worked for the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company while it was 
located in the church she attended. When the 
Herald Company offices were moved to 
Winona Lake, Indiana, she moved along with 
them, resigning only after she had decided to 
attend school. 

Graduating from Bob Jones University in 
1943 with a B.A. degree, she returned to Fort 
Wayne and worked in the office of the First 
Brethren Church there. Occasionally, she 
would do visitation with a Jewish missionary. 
"That wasn't anything like it is in the large 
city," Isobel says. "Our contacts maybe 
would be just one or two a day." 

When the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches began to develop a Jewish work, 
Isobel was interested. "I did feel I needed 
more training," she says, "so I went to Chicago 
and worked for Scripture Press for six months 
and attended some Jewish missions. It was 
while I was there that the church at Fort 
Wayne felt they would like to support me in a 
Jewish work and the Home Missions Council 
was willing to send me. The Bruce Buttons 
had just gone there." 

The Buttons had arrived in Los Angeles in 
January 1950, and by April 1951, Isobel 
joined them. "First I was a bit afraid because 
I felt Jewish people knew all about their 
Bible," she recalls. "But I soon found the 
Jewish people don't know much about their 
faith. They know a lot of traditions. I found 
you almost teach them their own faith as you 
seek to show them who Jesus is." 

In the past 31 years, Isobel has devoted her 
life to ministering to the Jewish people. Ap- 
proaching retirement, she is not about to slow 
down, even though her doctor recently diag- 
nosed she suffers from Meniere's disease, which 
affects her balance and hearing. Although 
surgery is a viable possibility, it is controlled 
through medication and diet. 

How can we of the Grace Brethren Fellow- 
ship best pray for her, a missionary to the 
Jewish people of Los Angeles? "Pray that we 
have wisdom and knowledge as we contact 
people; that the Lord would lead us in our 
sharing," she says. "Pray that we would know 
how to get into a sharing of the Gospel with 
them and bring them to the place of accept- 
ance," she adds. "Prayer is the answer of the 
Holy Spirit working in lives." ■ 

ionth CD 

The Great Commission 

by Rev. Ralph Burns, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 
Anderson, South Carolina 

We have recorded in Mark 16:15, a wonderful por- 
tion of Scripture. iVlany have spoken of it as the 
"Great Commission." These are not the words of any 
prophet. He was more than a prophet. He was God- 

Christ had faced the world, 
and had conquered it. It was 
resting under His feet. He had 
triumphed over the world. He 
had met Satan and had con- 
quered him. He had met the 
cross and had conquered it. 
He had faced the enemy, 
which is death, and con- 
quered it. He had gone down 
into the grave and had robbed 
it of its victory. The sepul- 
cher lay behind Him empty. 
The captain of our salva- 
_ ^^^^ tion sends out His warriors. 

II ^^^^M Around Him are gathered 

[ . J^ ^^^^^M that handful of men that had 

';'» ^^^^^^^1 been with Him in His three 

yTvi ^^^^^^^H years of ministry. He is telling 
them that He must leave 
them and they must carry on the glorious work that 
He had begun on the earth. He said to them, "Go ye 
into all the world and preach the Gospel to every 

To Whom Is This Commission Given? 

It would seem that this charge was delivered to 
them in Galilee and that it is the same as that re- 
corded in Matthew 28:19. This was repeated immedi- 
ately before His ascension from Betheny. Turning to 
that Scripture, we see how similar it is to the passage 
in Mark. Christ is speaking to the disciples, telling 
them to go and preach the Gospel to every creature. 
We know it would be impossible for those few to 
reach every creature in the world, but Christ did not 
give this commission to only those that were there 
but also to the 70 that would come later (See Luke 
10:1 ) and to all who would name the name of Jesus. 
We who are Christians have a very great responsibility 
and we must carry the Gospel to every creature. If we 
cannot go ourselves, we must help to send others so 
they can take those glad tidings up and down the 
world and see to it that every creature hears the 

After they are saved, many people think all they 
have to do is sit around and wait until the Lord 
comes. What a lesson they have to learn, for the 

Lord wants us to go and preach the Gospel. 

And so we see that when Christ said "Go ye" to 
His disciples. He did not mean only the 11 to whom 
He was speaking, but to all of us that we should go 
and preach. 

Where and What Does the Commission Compel 
Us to Go and Do? 

The verse says we are to go into all the world. Not 
only into Judea but everywhere. This command has 
expanded with the discovery in later times of new 
portions of the inhabited earth; and must ever be co- 
extensive with geographic discoveries. 

Remember this passage does not mean we all have 
to go to the foreign countries, but it does say, "Go ye 
into all the world." The Lord wants us to let our lights 
shine for Him right where we are. 

We then see that this commission compels us to go 
and preach the Gospel. The word gospel means 
"God's spell." It is a time that God is not imputing 
unto men their trespasses and sins; but seeking to for- 
give them, bringing good news, glad tidings of great 
joy. In the fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul is 
saying, "... I declare unto you the gospel . . ." He 
then goes on to tell us the meaning of Gospel: ". . . 
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 
and that he was buried, and that he rose again the 
third day according to the scriptures." This is the 
Gospel we are to give forth to the world. 

To Whom Are We to Go and Preach? 

Let us read the verse once again— "To every crea- 
ture." Let us go back and try to imagine ourselves at 
the scene when Christ gave this commission to His 
disciples. Remember Christ said to go and preach to 
every creature. Someone has drawn the picture of 
Peter saying, "Lord, you don't really mean that we 
are to go and preach this wonderful message to those 
who killed You, who treated You so terribly?" "Yes," 
said Jesus, "I want you to go to them first and tell 
them that I love them and that they can be saved if 
they will believe the gospel and repent of their sins 
and turn to me. Preach the gospel to every creature" 
(See Mark 16:15). Oh, Christian friend, there may be 
someone to whom you are to go and preach the Gos- 
pel and you may think it is impossible to ever reach 
them. Go, go preach and tell them of Christ and the 
good news and the Lord will bless you for it and your 
testimony will bear fruit. 

In verse 20 of Mark 16, we see that the disciples 
obeyed the command. This commission is given to us 
today just as it was given over 1,900 years ago. Christ 
is still saying, "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature." This is our duty today 
as Christians. 

Are we carrying out the command or are we lying 
down on the job and letting others do the work? ■ 




Pastor and Mrs. Warren (Betty) Tamkin 

teaching ministries available for the people of th 
growing town. Efforts were made to begin a Bib 
study, but none of these met with success. I can r 
member sitting in a car one day at the top of tl 
mountain looking over Frederick on the one side ar 
the beautiful Middletown Valley on the other sid 
with the late evangelists Dr. Homer Hammontree ar 
Rev. Paul Beckwith. We prayed that God would gi' 
us a new church in this area. It obviously was m 
God's time to open the door for us, but many Bret 
ren people continued to have Frederick on the 
minds and prayer lists. 

A Nucleus Gathered 

About three years ago, God began to move H 
hand in the matter of establishing a church in th 
town. A family from our Grace Brethren Church ( 
Greater Washington in Temple Hills, Marylam 
moved here, and talked with their pastor about 
Bible study and future church. A Brethren famil 
from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was already in t^ 

God Has Planted a Nev 

by Pastor Warren E. Tamkin 

Grace Brethren Church 
Frederick, Maryland 

Frederick County, the largest county in Maryland, 
lies in the north central part of the state with its 
boundaries extending to Pennsylvania on the north 
along the Mason-Dixon line, and to the Potomac 
River on the other side. Frederick city forms one 
point of a triangle with the major cities of Washing- 
ton, D.C., and Baltimore being less than an hour's 
drive apart. 

The first settlements in the county occurred in 
'1732 when English settlers from the tidewater area 
obtained large tracts of land from Lord Baltimore. At 
the same time, German immigrants from Pennsylvania 
obtained titles to land in the northern part of the 
county. It is a land of abundant agricultural resources, 
and a main route for travel and trade from the earliest 

In more recent years, Frederick has become a 
"bedroom town" for the outskirts of Washington, 
D.C. Route 270N Is affectionately called "computer 
alley" as many electronic, and high-tech firms have 
filled the Industrial parks along the route from Rock- 
vllle north. 

A Long Awaited Vision Fulfilled 

About 20 years ago, when I was pastor of a Grace 
Brethren church in Hagerstown, Maryland, some 24 
miles to the north, the people of our local church, as 
well as those In other congregations of the Mid- 
Atlantic District had a vision to open a Grace Breth- 
ren testimony In Frederick County. At that time, it 
was obvious that there were few evangelical, Bible- 

area and was faithfully attending the Grace Brethre 
Church in Hagerstown, Maryland. Soon anotht 
family from Johnstown, and a family from the Grac 
Brethren Church In Lanham, Maryland, came to th 
area. Now, for the first time, a group could be assert 
bled on which to build a Grace Brethren church. 

A Bible study was begun about three years ago. 
had its "ups and downs," but through it all, man 
were becoming acquainted with the Grace Brethre 

Pastor James Dixon, In response to requests frot 
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Berg, met with the Bergs and othei 
in their home in the fall of 1978 for the purpose c 
starting a home Bible study. Pastor Dixon alerted th 
other pastors in the area and met with all intereste 
persons. The Grace Brethren Church of Temple Hill 
continued to sponsor this Bible class for two yeai 
during which time Associate Pastor Jeff Thornly Wc 
assigned as pastor/teacher of the class. Pastor ThornI 
did an excellent job reaching many new people an 
built the class up to a regular attendance of 25-3 
people. In the spring of 1980, the leadership of th 
class was committed by the Temple Hills Church t 
the District Home Missions with the recommendatio 
that Hagerstown Grace sponsor the development c 
this congregation. The Hagerstown church sent \' 
youth pastor. Rev. Larry Humberd, to begin Sunda 
morning worship services. Two rooms were rente 
from the Holiday Inn. Some might have called th 
room a "conference facility," but it was plainly th 
other side of the bar!! God blessed the outreach < 
this Initial group, and in the first year a number ( 
new families were added. A unique feature of th 
Sunday morning service has been a fellowship hoij 
following the worship hour which drew the familir 




her in Christian love. 

A Challenge to Return to Our Roots 

was brought up in the former First Brethren 
:h of Washington, D.C. (now the Lanham, IVIary- 
GBC). It was there I accepted Christ as Saviour, 
(aptized, challenged to enter the Christian minis- 
ind licensed and ordained. I pastored the Grace 
ren Church in Hagerstown for nearly seven 

So when the congregation asked if I would con- 
the challenge of coming to Frederick, it was like 

to come back to our roots. The area and its 
e were familiar to my family and me. I was chal- 
i with what God was now going to do in Fred- 

We moved to the field here in mid-August. It 

"miracle" that we found a house for rent, at 
a short distance from our church meeting loca- 
and near where many of our families reside. 

An Installation Service 

special Sunday afternoon installation service for 

[lurch in Frederick 

lew pastor was held on October 17 with more 
100 of our Brethren assembling for the occasion. 
Bill Smith, eastern field secretary, brought greet- 
from the Brethren Home Missions Council; and 
James Dixon, pastor at the Grace Brethren 
ch of Greater Washington in Temple Hills, Mary- 
delivered the challenge of the hour. It was a fine 
of fellowship for many delegations from our 
:hes throughout the district. The Winchester, 
nia, church sent a special gift of $1,200 for this 
ion, which has been used for the purchase of a 
) for our meeting room. 

A Quarter of Progress 

le attendance was about at the 40 level when we 
id on the field, and continued in that area for a 
)er of weeks. Then we laid out a dual challenge 
jr people as work-faith-prayer goals. We asked 
to give us an average attendance of 60 over the 
quarter, and an average offering of $500 to 
rgird the work financially. Several weeks ago we 
an attendance of 56 people on two consecutive 
ays, then we moved to 65, and have now experi- 
i a record attendance of 67. Our offerings con- 
to be a challenge as they move into the $400 
leek area. 

od has given us a number of first-time open pro- 
)ns of faith, eight have followed the Lord in bap- 
and several others are awaiting a baptismal 
:e planned for the future. Our charter member- 
has now been instituted and continues to grow 
month. With every passing Sunday, it is a thrill 
troduce first-time visitors, and we are glad to see 
so many return to become part of our weekly 

And What of the Future! 

There are several important immediate challenges 
to our ministry here in Frederick. We need a larger, 
more adequate facility in which to worship. We are 
really crowded in the two rooms available to us. We 
began our Sunday school just three weeks ago, and 
already we feel we must make plans for two additional 
classes. Business activity is high in this city, and rental 
space at a reasonable cost is very difficult to find. 

Also, we must move very quickly to purchase 
property on which to locate our permanent facility. 
This will give a certain stability and permanence to 
our testimony in this city. Commercial land is ex- 
tremely expensive, and residential property contain- 
ing acreage seems difficult to find. But in God's time 
and way, we know He will show us His perfect will. It 
is our goal to purchase the land, and pay off the in- 
debtedness so that we can build by mid-1983. 

There Is a Hunger in the Land 

Recently we had an experience which has become 
quite common following our worship service. A lady 
visiting for the first time with one of our families told 
how she and her husband had moved to Frederick 
five years ago, and still had not found a church to 
meet their spiritual needs. We are asking God to raise 
up a testimony in Frederick which will be a spiritual 
home to such people. There is a spiritual hunger in 
this city of 40,000 people, and very few Bible-teaching 

It is thrilling to be a part of what God is doing in 
this newest "baby" of the Mid-Atlantic District. 

When GBC friends visit in the Washington, D.C, 
area, you are invited to take a short trip to Frederick 
to worship with us. ■ 




Larson chats with a student after a CE seminary chapel. 


Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Judy Fairman, Director of SMM 

* Speaking of church growth, some thoughts about the giant 

Big Churches 

I just read the reports of the ten 
churches with the largest offerings 
each week. 

First Baptist of Dallas receives an 
average of $184,615.38 per Sunday— a 
fair amount! (Can you imagine the 
time it takes the treasurer and financial 
secretary to count it all !) 

The largest church for membership 
is First Baptist in Hammond, Indiana, 
with 67,267 members at last count. 
During the same year the church re- 
ported 21,609 conversions, 18,004 
average attendance, and 6,787 bap- 
tisms. (Now we're sure Pastor Hyles 
wasn't able to make house calls ... at 
least not to everyone! And try to pic- 
ture 130 baptisms each Sunday!) 

The large-church statistics showed 
our own GBC of Long Beach number 
11 in conversions-per-attendance— a 
very meaningful statistic. They had 
757 conversions, averaging 2,575 in 
attendance— making 29 percent (con- 
versions matched with Sunday a.m. 
attendance, which is great). 

The best per capita giving in this list 
was at First Baptist in Houston— $43.86 
given each week by 3,317 attendance, 
for a total of over $7.5 million. The 
average church in the States receives 
$6 per attender per week. "The aver- 
age per capita income for a good 
fundamental church is $10 per attender 
per week," according to the news re- 

Four churches were over $5 million 
in giving, and there are others that big 
who did not participate in the survey. 
(If any are Grace Brethren, CE is re- 
questing help with large offerings for 
our ministries!) 

The survey of the churches revealed 
three major reasons for their growth: 
visitation, Sunday school (including 
the Adult Bible Fellowships), and 
pastoral leadership. About 61 percent 

of the long list have Sunday school bus 

These are colossal, extraordinary 

How should we react, other than 
maybe saying "They're in another 
world— I can't even begin to fathom 
that," as some of you already said. 

Let's get to that in a moment. 

GBC Churches 

First, let's talk about the sizes of 
large Grace churches. We have two 
around 2,500 in attendance, three 
around 1,100, two close to 1,000, 
three in the 600s and 700s, and four 
over 500. Then there are 12 ranging 
from 300 to 500. 

So most are smaller. 

The National Average 

But many more are larger than the 
national average of about 125, or the 
"mean" church— half are bigger and 
half are smaller— of about 75. (There 
are many of the other kind of mean 
church, and they always stay small.) 

Only 1 percent of the churches in 
the country are over 600. 

Application, Please 
Please explain the purpose of all 

Yes, gladly. I would like to speak to 
people of smaller churches and urge 
bold CE recommendations. 

You may disagree with some and 
write a signed letter to be printed out 
loud— good! You may be wanting to 
start right away on the ideas: 

1. Thank the Lord! Don't say 
people would only be a zip code or a 
number in giant churches— thank the 
Lord for the good being done. Many, 
no most, of the giant churches are 
evangelistic, clearly preaching the 

And when Christ and the cross a 
preached, in the manner of tl 
Apostle Paul, we praise the Lord (ve 
carefully in some churches, and wi 
applause or exhuberant joy in others 

2. Thank the Lord for your churcl 
without comparing numbers. If 
light has been put there by the Lord, 
is just as well known to Him as tl 
Lynchburg church, or those 
Swindell and MacArthur and others. 

That would mean He, God, war 
people to be working just as hard 
your church as they do in the lar 

(And to be sure, they work hard 
the large ones. That's one of the wa 
they grew.) 

3. Strive for quality! By that 
mean everything from clean, neat rei 
rooms to carefully planned worsh 
services to well-manicured lawns 
friendly greeters at the doors to coi 
plete pastoral care and follow-up 
personal needs. 

Size makes no difference in that. 

4. Throw out all jealousy and cri 
cism based on size. It's sin, and 
makes your church even smaller. 

5. Stand tall! (But not with a pi. 
pose of staying small.) A church that 
faithful to our Lord's Great Comm 
sion and preaching and living the Wo 
and love of God is in for just as mu 
reward as the Dallas mega-church th 
is faithful in the same ways. 

Don't be sinfully proud, but sm 
and go full speed ahead, delighted th 
we have a sovereign God who wor 
after the counsel of His own heit 
(Eph. 1:11). 

To understate it, "He does what I 
pleases" (Ps. 1 15:3). 

Bigness is not bad (or the Jerusali 
church that started at Pentecost w' 
3,000 at their first meeting was wron 

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D connections with Goliath— 

re for the Small Too 

is not bad (or the Pauline chur- 
neeting In homes were wrong). 
Learn from the larger. Often I 
those of us in churches smaller 
the one giving the seminar say, 
's okay for big churches, or your 
lut it won't work here." 
w, if someone is saying that own- 
Lear jet is the secret of growth, 
it the place won't go without 37 
or 100 in the choir, okay. He's 
g downtown. 

t principles are principles- 
man need is human need, 
sto is gusto, 
angelism is evangelism, 
d when those are being taught, 
us should listen and learn, 
is paranoia or lack of vision or 
sy that keeps me from learning 
a church that is either giant or 
than mine. 

That common spirit would be 
? a junior tiigti quarterbacl< tell- 
Terry Bradshaw (of ttie Stealers, 
arge team) that there is nothing, 
little, Bradshaw can teach him! 
Nonsense, for two reasons: 

1. Bradshaw was once a 
junior higher 

2. Principles are principles 
are principles! What works, 

Now it is true that if Terry 
(we're on a first-name basis now) 
tells this grade 7 quarterback to be 
sure to have six burly 265-pounders 
in front of him for protection, he's 
talking another league. But when 
he's talking principles and visions 
and goals . . . 

7. Let's do more in the cities! 

Dallas needs help (as noted by any 
who ever watched the show!) and is 
getting some (as noted by Baptist stats). 
Many other large cities are where the 
growing, larger ministries are. GBC 
people have a rural heritage, but we 
can pioneer downtown too. 

8. Let's dream bigger! Lives of great 
churches all remind us we can do more 
too. Let's not be satisfied with status 
quo if people near us are not yet saved 
and churched, and the needs of the 
community are being neglected. 

9. Let's work as a team! Joe Thiess- 
man, fairly tiny quarterback, needs the 
huge tackles. And vice versa. 

We are on a team. 

Let's not fight or compare churches 
to cast one in a shadow. 

Let's support each other in prayer, 
laugh and praise when one of us is suc- 
cessful, cry and help when one of us is 

It is the glory of difference to be 
many sizes. It is the goal of love not to 
allow it to bother us! 

10. Let's go! 

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Friendship with Jesus 

Bible Study 12 

1982 CE Idea of the Year 

Our congratulations to the Grace Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, California, for winning our CE Idea of the 
Year award! Their idea— a correspondence Bible study for 

Pastors Richard Todd and Rick Wood co-authored the 
six-lesson correspondence course entitled "Friendship with 
Jesus." Over 100 children participated, completing a six- 
page lesson book, mailing it to the church, and then receiv- 
ing the next lesson. 

In commenting on the ministry. Pastor Wood wrote, 
". . . working on the project has opened my eyes to the 
need for more creative approaches to helping children 
learn the Bible on their own. We know that children learn 
best when they are involving their senses in the learning 
process, and this Bible study series is designed to involve as 
many senses as possible." 

GBC Christian Education honors the authors and the 
church for this innovative ministry to children. 

j^/ Plan Now 

t^?/ for the 1983 

Youth Conference 

CE's 1983 Brethren National Youth 
Conference is scheduled for August 7-13 
at the State University of New Yorl< in 
Oswego, New York. 

Coming bacl< for a second year will be 
Al Holley to minister in music. Great 
speal<ers, spiritual encouragement, and 
commitments will be a part of this terrific 

Registration fees for the week are 
$176.00. Pre-registration is due by June 
15. For more information, contact GBC 
Christian Education. 

1982 Brethren National Youth Conference, LaMirada, California 

Highlights from last year: 
Over 1 ,150 attending. 
Over 700 decisions, 

National Achievement Competition and Girl of the Year Coronation, 
Optional trips to the beach and Disneyland, 
An entire day at Knott's Berry Farm. 



God's Word . . . 
Forever Settled 

A Preview of National Conference 1983 

by Homer A. Kent, Jr. 


Using as its theme "God's Word . . . Forever 
Settled" drawn fronn Psalm 119:89, the 94th Nation- 
al Conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches will meet at Winona Lake, Indiana, from 
July 30 to August 5, 1983. The Bible studies and 
spiritual challenges of the week will emphasize the 
crucial position which the Bible holds in the lives and 
thinking of serious and committed Christians. 

A growing concern among conservative believers is 
the tendency among some preachers and teachers in 
evangelical pulpits and schools to advocate a Bible 
that may have errors in it just like any other book. To 
such interpreters, the Bible's statements must have 
the approval of scientists and historians before they 
can be accepted. Thus the Bible is ultimately depend- 
ent upon the judgments of men for its authority. 
How different from the Psalmist's statement, "For- 
ever, Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven." 

The significance of the issue of Biblical Inerrancy 
was given wide notice by the publication in 1976 of 
the book The Battle for the Bible by Harold Lindsell. 
This revealing volume by a former professor at Fuller 
Theological Seminary and editor emeritus of Chris- 
tianity Today gave numerous case histories of de- 
nominations and institutions which have given up 
their belief in a trustworthy Bible. His subsequent 
book The Bible in the Balance (1979) gives the sad 
story of what has happened since. Dr. Lindsell will be 
the speaker at the final two Bible hour sessions bring- 
ing to a grand climax the inspiring and imperative 
challenges of the conference. 


Six Bible hours during conference week will direct 
the attention of those present to various aspects of 
this basic subject. 

Bible Hour 1 will include the address by Vice Mod- 
erator Rev. Edwin Cashman, pastor of the Bellflower 
Brethren Church (California). His message will intro- 
duce the theme of the week, and will show what the 
Bible teaches about its inspiration and authority. 

Bible Hour 2 will be devoted to the topic "Can We 
Trust All of the Bible?" This message will be brought 
by Dr. John C. Whitcomb, professor of theology at 
Grace Theological Seminary. It will confront the issue 



Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

1983 Moderator of the 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

of Biblical Inerrancy, showing some of the subtleties 
and implications of the current debate and challeng- 
ing the listeners to see the vital importance of a Bible 
without errors. 

Bible Hour 3 will have a message on "Rightly 
Dividing the Word of Truth." This message will show 
how one can accept an inerrant Bible and still use 
faulty interpretation to obscure or misconstrue its 
teaching. Dr. Richard L. Mayhue, associate pastor of 
Grace Community Church, Panorama City (Cali- 
fornia), will bring this message. 

Bible Hour 4 will stimulate our thinking on "De- 
claring the Whole Counsel of God." This message will 
stress the importance of expository preaching, in con- 
trast to less adequate forms. An inerrant Bible de- 
serves to be fully proclaimed. Rev. Paul E. Woodruff, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Indianapolis 
(Indiana) will be the speaker. 

Bible Hour 5 will present Dr. Harold Lindsell who 
will orient his audience to the struggles being waged 
over the last century. His message is entitled "The 
Continuing Battle for the Bible." He will show the 
consequences of surrendering inerrancy— both for de- 
nominations and individuals. 

Bible Hour 6 will conclude the conference with 
Dr. Lindsell speaking on "Who Is an Evangelical?" 
He will discuss current departures from inerrancy, 
providing illustrations of men and books which show 
the increasing tendency to move away from Bibical 

A total of three hours is also being planned for the 
Two-Year Study Committee to present its findings 
and make its report. 

The 1983 conference should be a memorable one. 
Start making plans now to attend. At the same time, I 
hope you will pray much that God's blessing will 
characterize every aspect of our gathering. ■ 


Grace Brethren Boys 

Takers or Givers? 







For two years now our unit has 
been a "taker" of all the benefits 
and programs offered us by the 
National Grace Brethren Boys 
organization. Our local GBB unit 
has appreciated the fine materials 
and support that the national 
organization provides. We have seen 
many of our boys grow in their 
knowledge of God and His Word. 

Our church has benefited as more 
families have become a regular part 
of our Thursday Family Night 
activities. It Is easy to take for 
granted the advantages provided by 
the National GBB organization, 
while ignoring the substantial cost 
In time, effort, and finances In- 
volved. When we learned, late this 
summer, of the severity of the 



National GBB financial situation, 
we as local leaders asked ourselves 
what we could do as a unit and 
local church. We decided on a 
three-pronged plan to attempt to be 
a helpful "giver." Our first effort 
was the organization of a Saturday 
morning car wash. One of our 
church men provided his business 
parking lot and the use of his water 
supply. It was an easy task to 
assemble sponges, buckets, soap, 
hoses, and towels from our local 
unit. Another member gave us free 
advertising on his local radio station. 
We decided that a "free will" car 
wash would raise the most funds. 
This worked fine, although one 
gentleman took the "free" part 
literally, and drove off leaving only 
a "Thanks, guys." Praise the Lord 
anyway! In spite of a gloomy, 
day, we were kept busy most of the 

Our second plan involved a 
garage sale, organized by the 
mothers of our GBBers. An appeal 
was printed in our church bulletin 
asking for suitable donations. 
Another family in the church pro- 
vided their two-car garage and we 
filled it to the brim. The boys 
helped the night before to set up 
the tables and some of the items. 
The ladies worked in shifts to 
supervise the sales. Over a two-day 
period, most of the items were sold. 

Our third plan involved a 
personal appeal to the men of the 
church explaining the need, and 
asking them to consider making a 
special gift to the National GBB. 
This gift was to be in addition to 
their regular giving. The response to 
this appeal was tremendous and we 
praise the Lord. We learned several 
things from this special effort. The 
mothers and fathers of our boys 
obviously appreciate the GBB pro- 

gram and feel it is important that it 
continue. A little bit of time and 
effort can yield gratifying results. 
We don't feel that our unit did any- 
thing that is beyond the capabilities 
of any established unit. 


Ron Luginbill and Larry Oden 

Co -Commanders 

Peru Grace Brethren Church 

Peru, Indiana ■ 



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Send before March 10, 1983. 

Mssionary ^Birthdays 

APRIL 1983 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 40 and 4 1 ^ 
of the 1983 Grace Brethren Annual. ^ 


Rev. Ralph Robinson April 6 


Mary Hannah Green April 2, 1981 

Lois Burk April 9, 1969 

Rev. Norm Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 


Steve Vnasdale April 17, 1970 

Deborah Austin April 26, 1965 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Miss Etdna Haak April 1 

Daniel Pappas April 16, 1982 


Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Suzie Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Lenora Williams April 15 

Mrs. Sandy Earner April 29 

Jonathan Earner April 29, 1971 


Confessions of 

by Liz Cutler 

I really hate to admit this. I never thought I 
could be so taken by such a thing. I thought it 
was only for those who frequented those dark 
halls, teeming with people, usually teenagers, 
crowded around boxes, their faces lit with an 
occasional flicker from a screen. 

I really am ashamed, but, okay, well, here 
goes ... I'm a Frogger^'^freakl 

Whew! There. It's out. Now you know. I 
hope you don't hold anything against me be- 
cause I'm so taken. 

It all started several months ago when my 
fiance and I went to a pizza parlor and game 
room. I plunked a few quarters into Pac 
Man^'^. I figured it was something I could 
handle. (I had watched my teenaged nephew 
whiz through it a few months before.) I was 
not going to become addicted to these strange 
things called video games. After all, I'm a col- 
lege graduate and an executive with a Chris- 
tian organization. It was beyond me to get 
trapped. Only less disciplined individuals were 
taken by such entertainment. That's how I 
felt until my future brother-in-law introduced 
me to Frogger^'^. 

I was caught. I must have played four or 
five games that night. (For those of you who 
don't know or really don't care, Frogger^'^ is 
a video game with the object to hop as many 
frogs to safety as you can and score as many 
points as possible along the way.) 

Well, I figured I could handle it. Our trips 

to that pizza parlor are few and far between, 
could deal with an occasional splurge. 

Until one night about a month ago. 

"I have a surprise for you at home," m' 
fiance said with a smile when he picked me u| 
for the evening. We were hardly in the door o 
his house when he handed me "The Box,' 
complete with a picture of a large smiling fro 
on the cover. 

"Frogger^'^!" I exclaimed with delight am 
promptly slid the cassette into his Atari t( 
play it. From then on, I was totally hooked. 

During free moments, I would find mysel 
drawn to the television set and Atari game, 
love the challenge of hopping the little fro 
through five lanes of fast-moving traffic an( 
across a river full of diving turtles, logs, am 
hungry alligators. I could spend hours, ani 
have spent great amounts of time, twitchin 
the joystick just enough to make the iitti 
creature move, ever so slightly, forward, side 
ways, even backwards if necessary, careful!' 
guiding him to his home base. I'm addicted! 

It was very evident the night my fiance sai( 
to me (with a yawn at 10:15 p.m.), "I'm go 
ing to bed. Turn off the lights and lock th 
door when you leave." 

At midnight, I did. (Some people hav 
actually accused me of using that as an excus 
to stay at his house a little longer. But I real!' 
was playing Frogger^'^.) 

Tonight, as I moved the little creatur 
across the screen, I realized how much th 
game is like our lives. If you take a chance o 




"Ogger Freak 

ing out in front of a huge truck, you may 
'splat" on your face like the little frog 
. Or, if you tread dangerous ground, you 
just sink like he does when he lands on a 
ig turtle. (The current in the river is much 
fast for the frog to swim,) 
Jt, more importantly, I realized I'm 
ding more time playing Frogger^"^ at a 
ch than I do with my Lord. How does He 
being outranked by a video game crea- 

hen I'm being challenged to skillfully 
the little frog through those five lanes of 
ic, I should be learning how I can skill- 
live my life so it is a reflection of His 
When I'm disgusted because I just lost 
last frog beneath the wheels of a fast- 
ing sports car, I could be thanking the 
I for the trials He has brought me 
ugh. When I'm excited because I finally 
all five frogs in their bays on the other 
of the river the fifth time in a row, I 
d be rejoicing in the Lord because He 
me to bring five children unto Him! 
Jt I haven't, and I don't, at least not yet, 
use I've spent my time challenged by a 
Jless game of taking a frog home across a 
' street and river. I should be redeeming 
time to bring a few precious souls home 
le Lord. 

3e careful, then, how you live— not as un- 
but as wise, making the most of every 
jrtunity, because the days are evil" (Eph. 
1-16). ■ 

Praying Hands 

There's a beauty in the artist's hand 
As he lifts the painter's brush 

And brings to life a lovely scene, 
A landscape or a thrush. 

There's a beauty to the surgeon's hand 
As he deftly lifts the knife; 

His hand is strong and sure and quick 
As he battles for your life. 

There's a beauty to the slender hands 
That swiftly move upon the keys 

And fill our souls with music sweet 
And bring back memories. 

But there's no beauty on this earth. 
There's none that can compare 

With the lovely, folded hands of one 
Entreating God in prayer. 

-Kitty Shope 

Lititz, Pennsylvania 


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BSLV student a St. Patrick's Day card? 
You could tuck in a little green, like a $5 



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Let's Take a Look . . . 

As we peek into this file, let's remember to spice 
up our monthly meetings with new ideas. Perhaps 
these suggestions will help you to invent more ways 
to effectively memorize Scripture. 


"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my 
mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding. . . . Thy word is a lamp 
unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Ps. 1 19:103-105). 

—Use the "4-M Formula" to hide God's Word in your heart: 

1. Mark it Psalm 119:9 

2. Memorize it Psalm 119:11 

3. Meditate on it Psalm 119:15 

4. Master the Word Psalm 119:17 

—Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 
—Challenge the ladies to memorize all of a chapter. Give a verse packet 
containing the chapter for them to carry in a purse or pocket, in the car or at 
the kitchen sink. Go over the individual verse cards in spare moments. 

—Lititz, Pennsylvania 
—To challenge Scripture memorization, employ Bible games, puzzles, 
and team competition. 

—Manheim, Pennsylvania 
—Memorize Scripture together by using the Navigator verse packets. 

—Newark Delaware 

—Have Scripture memorization contests between churches. 

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. . . . 
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight 
myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word" (Ps. 119:11, 15-16). 




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I'eopie oi ijrrace . . . 

Our Professors 

Dr. John Whitcomb, director 
of Doctoral Studies and professor 
of Theology and Old Testament 
at Grace Theological Seminary, 
conducted a conference on 
"Creation and the Flood" at 
Princeton University, December 
2-4, 1982. The purpose of the 
conference was to set forth what 
the Bible really says on the ques- 
tion of origins and early-earth 

Dr. Whitcomb is especially 
gifted to teach on what the Bible 
really says and to point out both 

Dr. John Whitcomb 
at Princeton 

the theological and scientific im- 
plications for today. He lectured 
on "The Creator of the World," 
"Through Faith We Understand," 
"Genesis and Evolution," "The 
Genesis Flood and the Final 
Judgment of the World," and 
"The Genesis Flood and Histori- 
cal Geology." 

"This is an unusual oppor- 
tunity for a ministry," Dr. Whit- 
comb said. His undergraduate 
education was completed at 
Princeton University where he 
received the A.B. degree, cum 
laude, and he earned the B.D., 
the Th.M. and Th.D. from Grace 
Seminary. Dr. Whitcomb is co- 
author with Dr. Henry IVlorris of 
the Genesis Flood, which has 
gone through more than 25 
printings since its publication in 
1961. His two books. The Early 
Earth and The World That Per- 
ished are powerful presentations 
of the Bible's teaching on Crea- 
tion and the Flood. 

^^1 .o.-''v ^H 



Mrs. Barbara Woodring 
fessor of Nursing at Gracf 
lege, has been awarded 
Doctor of Education c 
from Ball State University 
successfully defending he 

Mrs. \ 

Mrs. Jean Coverstone, 
time Kosciusko County re; 
and associate professor of , 
Grace College, has recently 
lished Landmarks in Art, j 
appreciation textbook for 
the Christian college classi 
"Mrs. C," as she is known i 
students, felt the need for a 
book written from a distin 
ly Christian perspective, 
book is designed to acquai 
readers with basic landmai 
art that have influenced wi 

Professor Coverstone 
the Bachelor of Science c 
in Art Education from G< 
College and the Masters c 




I. Barbara Woodring Receives 
:tor of Education Degree 

on entitled "The Analysis 
Comparison of Associate 
3 Nursing Programs of 
ing, 1951 to 1981." 

Woodring has been the 
stone of the foundation of 
lursing program at Grace 
8. The popular major 
I a waiting list of students 
ig to enter the program, 
ig alumni are serving with 
;tion in the Warsaw-Winona 
community, as well as 
i the nation. 

Woodring enjoys the addi- 
distinction of being the 
and only female faculty 
er in the history of Grace 
e to receive an earned doc- 

torate. Dr. Woodring graduated 
from Grace College in 1966 with 
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
and holds a Masters in Nursing 
from St. Francis College and a 
Masters degree in Adult Educa- 
tion from Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity. She joined the Grace 
faculty in 1977. 

She resides in Winona Lake 
with her husband, Richard 
Woodring, a Grace College and 
Seminary graduate who serves as 
the director of Student Employ- 
ment at Grace Schools. They are 
members of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church where 
Richard serves as Minister of 
Christian Education. 

History from the Universi- 
Notre Dame. Her educa- 
accomplishments, and 
y achievements are only a 
nail steps compared to her 
xomplishments. Professor 
stone did not begin her 

Publishes Boole 

professional education until she 
was 38 years old. At the age of 
25, she suffered a near fatal at- 
tack of bulbar polio. In addition 
to her teaching career she works 
with her husband in their ce- 
ramics shop and is an active 
member of the United Methodist 
Church, where she teaches a 
Sunday school class and sings in 
the chancel choir. The Cover- 
stones live on 20 acres of wilder- 
ness in a home they constructed 
themselves. Determination was 
instilled in Jean by her mother, 
the first woman to serve as the 
Kosciusko County Assessor. The 
Coverstones have three sons and 
four grandchildren. 

Dr. E. William Male 
on Teaching Tour 

Grace Seminary is pleased to 
have one of the outstanding 
leaders in the field of Christian 
School Education. Please pray 
for Dr. Male as he represents 
Grace Schools around the world. 

January 11 

Leave Chicago for Bangui, C.A.R. 

January 17-February 4 

Teach at Brethren Biblical Semi- 
nary at Bata 

January 24-February 4 

—Conduct a teaching-methods 
course for our missionaries 

—Visit James Gribble High 
School at Yaloke and other 
mission stations 

—Visit and possibly conduct 
workshops at Ubangui Acad- 
emy, Karawa, Zaire 

February 13 

Leave Bangui for Lyon, France 
—Meetings with missionaries 

concerning seminary extension 

program in Europe 
—Visit European Bible schools 

February 25 

Arrive in Chicago (from Stutt- 
gart, Germany) 




Our Students 

Grace College Basketball Teams 

1982-83 Grace College Men's Basketball Team 

Front row, left to right: Dave Benson, Jeffry Hobson, Byron Walter, 
Jeff Long, Lane Lewallen, Denlayno Robinson, Kent Denlinger, Jeff 
Kowatch, Jack Walters, Chester Marshall, Doug Wilcoxson, Middle 
row: Ray Benson and Rich Harrell. Back row, left to right: Bill 
Gordon (assistant coach), Gary Blevins, Trace McGeath, Gregg 
Miller, John Boal, Brad Graham, Larry Downs, Neal Frantz, Jim 
Kessler (head coach), Rick Roberts. 

1982-83 Grace College Girl's Basketball Team 

Front row, left to right: Sally Wilging, Mary Wyatt, Irish Widder, 
Cathy Walter, Rachel Walter, Liz Elms, Karyn Murray. Back row, 
left to right: Leisa Brown (manager), Brad Bailey (assistant coach). 
Nan Hieb, Jolie Eckhardt, Janel Kessler, Janene Zeltwanter, Anita 
Barr, Joyce Wenger, Karen Heckman (head coach), Brenda Widder 
(student trainer). 

During the W interim 
Grace College and Semi 
nary students partici 
pated in a progran 
designed by students ti 
benefit the Grace Pursu 
ing Priorities Campaign. 

Operation Rainbov 
began December 1 , 7982 
as a program whereii 
students would encour 
age their friends am 
families to become in 
volved at the level of om 
dollar per week ($50 pe 
year.) The monies gener 
a ted by Operation Rain 
bow will be designated ii 
part to student scholar 
ships, in fact, the tota 
gifts to the Pursuing Prio 
ities Campaign, couplet 
with the money givei 
through Operation Rain 
bow (close to 60 percent) 
will go directly to Stud en 

Grace is an exciting 
place to be. The future o 
Grace is hinged on tht 
support of God's peoph 
who realize the necessit] 
of educating our youn^ 
people and training then 
for His service. 




Front row, left to right: Doug Gaerte, Kathy 
Hathaway, Karia (Neer) Denlinger, Kent Den- 
linger. Back row, left to right: Scott Miles, 
Jonathan Walter, Brian Sholly, Gregg Straits. 
Not pictured: Mary Krenrick, Ray Benson. 

Ten Seniors Honored 
in Wlio's Wiio 

Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean of Grace College, 
has announced the selections for the 1983 edition of 
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities 
and Colleges. 

The ten seniors selected by the college for distinc- 
tion include: Ray Benson, Tallmadge, Ohio; KarIa 
(Neer) Denlinger, Ashland, Ohio; Kent Denlinger, 
West Milton, Ohio; Doug Gaerte, Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
Kathy Hathaway, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Mary Kren- 
rick, Loudonville, Ohio; Scott Miles, Lakewood, Cali- 
fornia; Brian Sholly, Goshen, Indiana; Gregg Straits, 
Ashland, Ohio; and Jonathan Walter, Fort Washing- 
ton, Maryland. 

Students are selected for nomination to Who's 
Who ... on the basis of academic achievement, serv- 
ice to the community, leadership in extracurricular 
activities and future potential. They join an elite 
group of students selected from more than 1,300 
institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the Dis- 
trict of Columbia and several foreign nations. Out- 
standing students have been honored in the annual 
directory since it was first published in 1934. 

The "L-Club" is an 
integral part of the ath- 
letic program at Grace Col- 
lege. L-Club contributions made 
by Grace alumni and friends provide 
many of the needed items which the 
budget won't stretch far enough to include. 
Yearly membership levels (which run from 
September 1 through August 30) will be the Win- 
ners' Club ($50); Lancer Hundred ($100); and the new 
giving level. Honorary Captain ($250). The Honorary Captain 
level will enable you to get a Grace College L-Club jacket and 
tickets to home NAIA and NCCAA playoffs for which Grace 
might qualify. Other L-Club benefits: 
■/ Program/Yearbook 
</ Newsletters 

>/ Season passes to all Grace athletic events 
>/ Participation in L-Club activities (banquet) 
•/ Entrance to Lancer Hospitality Room at home 

basketball games 
/ Tickets to the Turkey Tournament 

For your convenience, contributions do not necessarily 
have to be given in one sum. For more information on how 
you can be a vital part of Grace College athletics, contact Phil 
Dick in the athletic department. 



From November 1 - December 1 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Armstrong 

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Cahill 

Mr. Don R. J. Cramer 

Rev. and Mrs. Paul Dick 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gordon 

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Muggins 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Kessler 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. David Morris 

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Owens 

Mr. Floyd Votaw 

l^ezoui^ C^kzist LJizougk x^tlidetics 




BMH NEWS REPORT (Continued from page 13) 

D The Listie Brethren Church, Listie, PA, has 
changed its name to the Listie Grace Brethren Church 
as of Dec. 1982. Bill Cochran, pastor. 

n Lester Reid has resigned as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Denver, CO, which was effective 
last October. His future plans are uncertain. 

D Capt. Ken Townsend, USAF chaplain, is assisting 
with the new chapel programs at Norton AFB, CA. 
He and two other chaplains, in addition to the tradi- 
tional Bible study, counseling and fellowship group 
sessions, have begun group exchange sessions that in- 
volve role-playing and analysis techniques. Capt. 
Townsend is a member of the LaMirada, CA, church. 

n Is your church considering new hymnals? The 
Herald Bookstore will send sample copies and quote 
special quantity prices. Some of the hymnals we 
feature include Hymns for the Family of God, com- 
piled by Fred Bock, and featuring the best-loved tra- 
ditional hymns with some of the newer classics in- 
cluding the popular Gaither selections. (Over one mil- 
lion Hymns for the Family of God are in use.) Other 
hymnals used by many churches include the popular 
ones entitled Praise!, The New Church Hymnal, 
Hymns of Faith and Hymns for the Living Church. 
For complete information, write to the Herald Book- 
store, P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590, or 
phone toll-free, 1-800-348-2756. 

D The Brethren Minister's Handbook (which was first 
printed in 1948) is no longer available. A new hand- 
book was authorized in 1977 by the national minis- 
terium, and the manuscript is nearing completion by 
the appointed committee. The material has not yet 
been released to the Herald Co. for printing— please 
watch for a later announcement as to the handbook's 
price and its scheduled completion date. 

D Support Your Youth! Even though National Youth 
Conference seems to be in the very distant future 
(not until Aug. 7-13, to be held on the campus of the 
University of New York in Oswego), many churches 
are beginning now to seek ways and means to help 
their youth attend this conference. GBC Christian 
Education will be happy to supply ideas and also 
complete conference details. 

chanae ycur annual 

Carl A. Baker, 836 New York Ave., Martinsburg, WV 
25401. Tel. 304/263-2272 / Bruce Button, 775 W. 
Roger Rd., No. 105, Tucson, AZ 85705 / John 
Carini, 1 15 N. Clayton Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345 
/ Gary Nolan, 33561 Marlinspie Dr., Laguna Beach, 
CA 92677 / George Wilhelm, 2406 Penbrook Ave., 
Harrisburg, PA 17103 / Zip code for the Grace 
Brethren Church of Troutdale, OR, is 97060. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

The following marriages were performed In tlie Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, CA, Lloyd Rinks, interim pastor: 

Ann Wong and Thomas Wong, Sept. 18 

Nancy Collard and Larry Hagberg, Sept. 24 

Marlam Craig and IVIichael Anthony, Sept. 25 

Connie Woods and Dave Hernandes, Oct. 2 

Ann Highfill and Frank Hamann, Oct. 9 

Claudia Martinson and Richard Todd, Oct. 9 

Jeri Wahlberg and Tait Williams, Oct. 30 

Robin Price and Mark Davis, Nov. 13 

Kathryn McClendon and Ed Trenchard, Nov. 27 
The following couples were united in marriage in the Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, OH, Knute Larson, pastor: 

Vallorie Whitwell and Denis Lange, May 15 

Karia Neer and Kent Denllnger, May 29 

Shelly Miner and Tom Saford, July 24 

Lynn Oswalt and Rich Stitzlein, Sept. 1 1 

Virginia Toroian and Dale Knepper, Sept. 25 

Brenda Long and Robert Andress, Oct. 2 

Kristine Gentle and James Gale, Nov. 2 
Donna Clark and Michael Sanville, Sept. 25, Grace Brethren 
Church, Irasburg, VT. John Snow, pastor. 
Melody Cornwell and John Hooks, Jr., Nov. 6, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Kittanning, PA. The ceremony was officiated by 
the bride's father, Richard Cornwell, and assisted by Charles 
Flowers. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

Cris Forbes and Robert Barlow, Nov. 13, Southview Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, OH. Donald Farner, pastor. 
Faye Bowser and Gerald Easley, Nov. 20, Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ALLISON, Rachel, 83, Nov. 17. She was a member of the 

First Brethren Church of Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 


BROADBENT, lona, Oct. 29. Grace Brethren Church, Long 

Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, interim pastor. 

GOODALL, Clarence E., Sept. 3. Grace Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, interim pastor. 

PIASCHIK, Trula, 68, Nov. 28, a member of the Bellflower 

Brethren Church, Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

RASBACH, Ethel I., 89, Nov. 27. She was a member of the 

First Brethren Church of Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 


TREFTS, WILLIAM /?., 77, Nov. 26. He was a member of 

the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 


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Reflections By Still Waters 

by Charles W. Turner 


It is that time of year again and 
my 1090 and 1099 forms are com- 
ing in from different parts of the 
country. The April 1 5 deadline is ap- 
proaching and it is time for the 
calculator and scratch pad to tell 
what kind of damage will result 
from this annual ordeal. 

This year, with the economy in a 
frayed condition and unemploy- 
ment reaching levels that approach 
the other depression, it made me 
wonder what would happen to all 
the funds that I have sent in this 
year. My Social Security tax 
reached an all-time high; and as I 
listen to the discussions surround- 
ing its future fate, it tends to make 
me a little nervous about such large 
payments and such seemingly dim 

One discussion that came out of 
Washington this year concerned 
thoughts on a balanced budget 
amendment. This particular item is 
all but dead now. It seems that the 

federal budget might well go over 
$200,000,000,000.00 (yes, two 
hundred billion) in the red and that 
seems to imply that the balance 
outlook is not good. If I understand 
the balanced budget amendment, I 
kind of like it and it seems to have 
a great future. When the govern- 
ment runs out of money and tax 
payments, they would have to wait 
until next year to start up again. We 
probably would not notice any 
marked effect in government mail 
delivery at first. However, if the 
whole government came to a halt, 
let us say in August, and we ran out 
of money, think of the great peace 
all of us would have for the balance 
of the year. Eight months of govern- 
ment a year is about all we can af- 
ford anyway! So I am for the 
balanced budget amendment— that 
is if I understand it correctly. 

Then there is another thought 
about my money going for defense. 
The MX missile has me a little con- 
fused. One president said we need 
to put them on a train and run it 
around in the West so the Russians 

Over a 
Form 1040 

would not know where the missiles 
are located. My answer to Mr. 
Carter was to give them to Amtrak 
or the Postal System and no one 
would know where they are. 

Mr. Reagan had a better idea! He 
wants the MX missiles all put in one 
silo so the Russians WOULD know 
there they are located. They will 
fire all of their missiles at that one 
spot and destroy theirs instead of 
ours. I am not too excited about 
that idea either; but, then, I am not 
the president, just a taxpayer. 

So my meditations over my 
1040 tax form serve as an annual 
ritual in the Spring. It does serve to 
remind me that the cost of govern- 
ment is a necessary function of the 
system in which we live. There are 
many things which we do not like, 
but there are many things which we 
find to be much more pleasant than 
other political systems. We do have 
privileges in the democracy in 
which we live, for we can exercise 
our worship and fellowship with 
God. We still have the right to vote 
and express our opinions about 
government and those who rule 
over us, and we are reminded that 
we are to be in obedience to those 
in authority. 

But we are most grateful for the 
meditations that we can have over 
the best of truth and information 
. . . that which comes from God. 
Just maybe those are not medi- 
tations over 1040; they might have 
been mumblings. One of these days 
the system will come to an end, 
along with the MX still trying to 
find a home in a silo or rolling 
along a hidden track. The King will 
come and we will go, and I some- 
how think it will be the last of the 
1040 forms for us! ■ 

MARCH '83 




Vol. 45 

No. 3 

March 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Tully Butler— Sharing the Good News with His 

Fellow Navajos 
6 The Navajo Conundrum 
8 Orrville, Ohio— Church Grows as IVIembers Share the 

12 IVIacon— The Birth of a Church 

16 The New Models Are Out 

17 The iVIission That Failed, Or Did It? . . . 

18 Step by Step 

20 Mal<ing Visitors Smile 
22 The Four Challenges 

24 Getting to Know You 

25 The Silent Servant 

26 You're a Mother 

29 Grace Reaching Out 

30 "Life" in Prison 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News 27 • 

repc rtecl in the hoicilcl 

1978- 5 YEARS AGO 

Rev. Henry Radford announced his re- 
tirement from the pastorate of the Garden 
City Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, VA. 
. . . Miss Florence Bickel, 89, went to be 
with the Lord. She had served for 35 years 
in the Central African Republic. 

1968 -15 YEARS AGO 

Foreign Missions reported a record offer- 
ing of $527,949.99 for the year 1967 and the 
leading church was the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA, as the 
largest donor and the amount was 
$26,984.12. George Peek, pastor. 

1948 -35 YEARS AGO 

A meeting of the Foreign Missions Board 
brought together the following members: 
Bauman, Koontz, Kent, Kimmell, Miss 
Geraldine Judd (office secretary), R. D. 
Barnard (general secretary), Mayes, Ashman, 
McClain and Fetters. . . . Rev. Gordon 
Bracker, pastor at Kittanning, PA, skidded 
on the ice on the way to district missions 
board meeting and wrecked his NEW 
Chevrolet station wagon. 


Dear Readers, 

Have you helped with the expenses 
in getting Dr. IVIcClain's Bible Truths 
to Africa? Rosella Cochran's project of 
having it translated into Sango is now 
complete and all that is needed is to 
complete the cost of printing. The 
total number printed was 3,000 and 
the cost per book is $1 .00. Send a gift 
marked "Bible Truths" to either For- 
eign Missions or the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald and help with this new 
project. Getting Brethren literature 
into foreign languages for missions 
work has a bright future and will be 
limited only by the lack of funds. A 
full page details the work and ap- 
peared in the February Herald. 

Join us in the work of getting the 
Gospel around the globe!— CWT 

Cover photo by Fred Sieb, 
H. Armstrong Roberts 

^MH MARCH '83 O - 

Church goers receive a friendly greeting from 
the pastor following the service 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

Tully Butler is working hard to 
develop a family-centered ministry 
at the Cedar Hill Grace Brethren 
Church. This is difficult to do in an 
Indian culture which is racked with 
high unemployment (approximate- 
ly 80 percent), divorce and alcohol. 

"I don't know of any other 
way," says Tully of his efforts to 
reach his fellow Navajo Indians for 


Sharing th 
Good New! 
With His I 

Jesus Christ. "I think the whole 
concept of Jesus' teaching— that the 
man is saved, then his family, and 
so on." 

The nine or ten families who 
make up the Cedar Hill GBC often 
bring the attendance from 65 to 85 
people. Record attendances at the 
church, which sets high atop a New 
Mexico mesa, have reached more 
than 120. 

"Our goal is to start as many 
churches as we can among our 
Navajo people," he says. "The rea- 
son for this is the distance they 
have to travel. If they had their 
own church within twenty miles, it 
would be real helpful." He has a 
special vision for the area around 
the Brethren Navajo Mission in 
Counselor and would like to see 
churches in Many Rocks, Pueblo 
Pintado, Nageeze and Ojo Encino. 

Many of the problems he faces 
as a Navajo pastor are not unlike 
those of an Anglo minister, except 
with the added dimension of the In- 
dian culture. "The most difficult 
experience as a pastor is the counsel- 
ing with people," he admits. "There 
is always a tension in the homes. 
Their problems are so great. I get 
into situations about abortion, di- 
vorce, and so on, just as the Anglo 

He sees a real need for a native 
woman counselor to whom he 


Tully Butler, pastor of the Cedar 

Hill GBC, sharing his enthusiasm 

and vision for church planting 

among the Navajos. 

w Navajos 

could refer special cases. "I cannot 
really counsel ladies right down to 
their nitty gritty problems," he ad- 
mits. "I'm a man. I don't under- 
stand their point of view of the 
root cause of their problems." 

In many Navajo homes, the 
woman dominates because the man 
is often absent, and he may be 
drunk when he is at home. "It is 
extremely hard for a man to regain 
his dignity," he says. "We need a 
lot of prayer in this area." He esti- 
mates that more than half of the 
women he deals with have unsaved 

Reaching people is no problem 
for the friendly Tully. "Right now 
I could reach more people," he 
says. He spends much of his time in 
visitation, often befriending the 
children first, and then the parents. 
"I make friends with the kids, then 
the parents will talk to me," he says. 

He preaches each Sunday morn- 
ing at the simple Navajo church, 
which is located about seventeen 
miles from the Mission. The services 
often last, in typical Navajo 
fashion, for several hours. He also 
leads a weekly Bible study. 

Tully accepted Jesus Christ as 
his personal Saviour in 1958, but it 
wasn't until the mid-seventies, after 
the death of a close friend, that he 
felt led to return to the Indian 
reservation as a pastor. "I love my 

people," says the Navajo man. 
Three years ago, he left a profitable 
job as an upholsterer to return to 
the Counselor area. "The things I 
made couldn't be accounted in 
heaven," he says. "I needed to do 
something for the Lord." 

His wife is the former Mary Sala 
who was one of the first converts 
of the Brethren Navajo Mission. 
The mother of five children, she 
works alongside him. Four of the 


children are in the mission school 
school and Tully has high hopes for 
them and other native students 

"I really look forward to seeing 
our kids graduate from the Navajo 
Mission School and come back and 
really want to be pastors in Navajo 
churches," he says. "That's my 
prayer— a home product to come 
back to do what we started. I think 
we have some great potential." ■ 

Special Bulletin! 

Easter Sunday, April 3, marks the kick- 
off to raise funds for the proposed multi- 
purpose building at the Brethren Navajo Mis- 
sion in Counselor, New Mexico. Plans for the 
$175,000 building were approved last July by the 
Brethren Home Missions Council board of directors, 
but construction cannot begin until approximately 90 
percent of the funds are raised. More information will be 
found in the April issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald. 


MARCH '83 


Navajo Pastor Tully Butler baptizes his son Daron during a service outside the Cedar Hill GBC. 

by Raymond W. Thompson 

Director of Church Planting 
Brethren Navajo D/Iission 

So you consider yourself a "missionary-minded" 
Christian? Are you ready to wrestle witli a mind- 
bender that will test your warmhearted intellect, and 
perhaps direct your prayers toward the real needs of 
your Navajo brethren? 

Is your Great Commission problem-solving hardware 
in place? Are all distractions removed? Okay. Intro- 
duction to the Problem: Planting churches among the 
native Americans (Navajo) is one big paradox, 
wrapped in a puzzle, surrounded by an enigma. 

The Paradox 

The paradox, or seemingly contradictory fact with 
which any missionary to Navajos must wrestle, is an 
attitude which has been complicated by more than 
one hundred years of history teeming with misunder- 
standings and resentments. Navajo people see them- 
selves as being dispossessed of their rightful lands and 
resources. They see their indigenous culture as being 
diluted and lost. They desire, however, thfe apparent 
material benefits which the alien Anglos have brought 
with them. They recognize that they are dependent 
upon Federal programs for subsistence, but they dis- 


dain the paternalism which administers this desirable 

This conflict of feeling is reflected in their re- 
sponse to evangelistic and church-planting efforts. 
Listen while evangelical Navajo pastor Herman 
Williams expresses his dilemma: "I have read the cur- 
rent books and literature. They all express the feel- 
ings about how the Indian is being misunderstood 
today. The programs and teachings imposed upon 
them from the government and also from the mis- 
sionary are not oriented to their culture. They feel 
they have been pushed into things down through the 
years without their consent. The result is frustration 
throughout the natives in general. . . . The natives 
also think of the Protestant and Catholic mission 
schools in the same way they do of the government. 
... In all of them they feel that Christianity has not 
met their needs. They say they have never been given 
a place of responsibility. The white man does it all 
and we feel left out in this program and also not 
trusted. ... We feel we need to get involved. We see 
from our point of view that every program, both 
church and government, has been forced upon us and 
they are not oriented to the Indian ways. ... As a 
native Christian and a minister of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, I feel as though I am standing in a gap be- 
tween the missionaries and the natives. IVIy feelings 

* An intricate and difficult problem 

MARCH '83 


are for both of them" 

The missionary must ask, How can I understand 
the hurt of these people, yet deliver God's message 
without compromise, in a form which is acceptable, 
unpatronizing, and relevant to their needs? 

The Puzzle 

The paradoxical feeling of native Americans who 
recognize great needs, yet resent those who attempt 
to help them, is only the core problem. Enclosing the 
core is the puzzle of how to evangelize, bring deliver- 
ance from the old ways of sin and death, and encour- 
age progress toward spiritual maturity. 

Can we find the "bridges of God" to span the 
great dividing gulf separating eternal life from death? 
Navajos are not atheists, therefore, we can begin with 
the existence of God. Even the joy of an afterlife is 
not strange to their ears. Paul, in observing the Athe- 
nians' altar "to an unknown God," saw such a bridge 
and declared "What you worship in ignorance, this I 
proclaim to you." Our problem most often is how to 
present Jesus Christ and His way to the Father as the 
only way to God. Many Navajos are quite willing to 
pray in the name of Jesus as they scatter their corn 
pollen tribute to the rising sun in gratitude for its 
benefits at the beginning of a new day. Navajo people, 
during prayer request time at a church meeting, may 
seek the Great Physician's care for an illness, while 
inwardly anticipating the medicine man's arrival at 
their home to perform the healing rites of the "Old 
Way." Even the deer hunt is prepared for by pre- 
scribed ceremony to encourage the bounties of the 
spirits which are involved. And a mother would not 
think of violating the taboos associated with the birth 
of a new baby. All too often these practices do not 
drop away with the announcement that one is ready 
to become a Christian. 

Are we being blind to opportunities which will 
lead from these deeply ingrained customs to a pure 
faith in the God of the Bible? As an example, more 
emphasis upon the anointing service for the sick 
might satisfy an unmet longing for a tangible healing 
ceremony in the life of a new Christian. It may be 
that the missionary's cultural hang-up is his de- 
emphasis of visible forms in his worship of God. 

Other complexities to our puzzle arise with the 
realization that Christian growth results from the 
mastery of a book— the Bible. Yet, for the majority 
of Navajos only the New Testament is available. The 
Old Testament has so many parallels to the Navajo 
understanding of life that it is tragic so few have seen 
even the most familiar stories of the Old Testament 
written in the language of their hearts. Work is pro- 
ceeding to complete the translation of the Bible into 
the Navajo language, but its publication is several 
years away. 

Then there is the problem of inadequate responses 
to the tensions of the reservation— tensions such as at- 
tempting to live with an 80 percent unemployment 

rate; the importance of a family living and acting as a 
unit, yet the inability of the family to remain to- 
gether due to economic pressures; lack of sufficient 
education to get ahead in today's world. The result 
often is to seek the release which appears to come 
through alcohol or peyote. Alcohol can cause a man 
to forget the tensions, and, beyond that, to feel ac- 
ceptance as a man among his peers. Thus, drinking 
and fighting with their attendant poverty and suffer- 
ing are acceptable; and even among Christians, the at- 
traction remains. 

The Missionary must ask, How can I point these 
precious people to the real joy and fulfillment of life 
in Christ, who alone can ease their tensions and meet 
their needs? 

The Enigma 

The search for an answer to the puzzle of how to 
disciple native Americans plunges us into the enig- 
ma—the mystery of God's solution. The Apostle Paul 
in the third chapter of Ephesians, speaks of "the 
mystery which for ages has been hidden in God ... in 
order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be 
made known through the church." The church, not a 
hierarchy of bishops and priests, not a building or 
place, not a pattern or time of worship, but a body of 
people who are "fellow partakers of the promise in 
Christ Jesus through the gospel" is God's answer to 
the Navajos. A careful study of the New Testament 
leaves no room for argument. Christ's church is His 
instrument for reaching people and for conforming 
them into the image of Christ. There are many ways 
of helping people; but until a living, working, repro- 
ducing church is a reality, indigenous evangelism, 
general spiritual growth, and discipling of the Navajo 
people will not occur. The church, though it may 
consist of small assemblies or little camp groups of 
related people, with minimally educated pastors, is 
the body of Christ through which His work among 
the Navajos will be done. 

The missionary's problem in planting such chur- 
ches is manifold: 

1 ) How can he stimulate the work of church plant- 
ing among Navajo people without the church becom- 
ing the place where the missionary lives and dispenses 
material assistance? 

2) How can he encourage the biblical perspectives 
of the church as a responsible body of Christians with 
each member sharing his gifts to the building up of 
the whole body? 

3) How can he assist in the training of spiritual 
leaders without becoming the spiritual leader? 

4) When should he withdraw and allow the church 
to grow and walk unaided by the missionary crutch, 
yet not leave an immature body of unprepared Chris- 
tians to flounder and become prey to some unbiblical 

Pray that "the manifold wisdom of God now be 
made known through the church" among the 
Navajos! ■ 


urrviiie, unio= 

The Orrville church organized first as a 
class in early 1982 and was led by 
Pastor Ike Graham. 


by Keith Merriman, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Orrville, Ohio 

"Now to Him who is able to 
do exceeding abundantly be- 
yond all that we ask or think, 
according to the power that 
works within us, to Him be 
the glory in the church and in 
Christ Jesus to all generations 
forever and ever" Eph. 
3:20-21, NASB). These verses 
describe what has been taking 
place in Orrville, Ohio. Jesus 
Christ has indeed been blessing 
in a magnificent manner in the 
Grace Brethren Church of Orr- 

Beginning in June of 1982 
with a nucleus of about 40 
people, the church is now 
averaging nearly 100 (as of De- 
cember 1982). It was planted 
on a very firm foundation 
with the help of Pastor Ike 
Graham, the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, the North- 
eastern Ohio District Missions 
Board, and the Grace Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio. The 

key, however, to its consistent 
growth has been the congrega- 
tion itself. The people have 
not only been teachable, but 
they are eager to learn and are 
demonstrating that they are 
not only hearers of the Word 
but doers also. They have been 
bold in sharing Jesus Christ 
and many have already led 
friends and family members to 
Christ in the past few months. 
They are also sensitive to the 
needs of others. One man had 
the opportunity of leading his 
83-year-old neighbor to Christ 
because he and another man in 
the church took the time to 
repair the front door of her 

From the very beginning, 
the believers at Orrville deter- 
mined to be dedicated to the 
person of the Lord Jesus 
Christ and decided that every 
ministry in the church should 
have as its focus the fulfilling 
of the Great Commission 
(Matt. 28:19-20). Operation 

Orrville began in August wii 
Sunday morning message t 
challenged each person in 
church to reach an unsa 
family during the year v 
the Gospel, encourage therr 
join the membership of 
local church, and then fol 
up on that family with a 
cipleship program. How ex 
ing it has been to see 
people of the church activ 
involved in the ministry ri 
along with the pastor. 

The men have been an 
portant part of both chu 
and spiritual growth in 
families. They meet every 1 
urday morning to study 
Word of God, pray, and h 
fellowship together. It 
given them a sense of lea( 
ship, responsibility, and ur 
to move the church forw; 
it has been a real spiritual 
couragement to them. 

The discipleship among 
men is not the only mini; 
in which they are invoK 


MARCH '83 




y have also been faithful 
the visitation program of 
church. It is common to 
; six or eight men outcall- 
during the week, reaching 
souls for Jesus Christ, 
se God for men who desire 
hare their faith with others, 
he women have also been 
ing workers. Several 
nen have been discipling 
5r ladies and plans are un- 
vay to start a ladies Bible 
ly which would allow for 
rger group fellowship and 
ing times. Three or four 
BS have actually led others 
Christ and are involved in 
ling these new Christians 
V spiritually. 

he youth group has also 
ed an exciting dimension 
he church work in Orrville. 
se young people have been 
lessing at the high school 
junior high and have been 
lonsible for bringing at 
t a dozen new teenagers to 
church. Many of these are 

new Christians and are in need 
of discipleship, which has been 
a real challenge. 

One ministry of the local 
church that has been extreme- 
ly well received is Family 
Night. Traditionally called 
Prayer Meeting night, the 
Orrville church has tried to 
schedule all its activities on 
Wednesday evening in order to 
keep from splitting the family 
up every night of the week. 
Adult Bible study and prayer, 
youth group activities, SMM 
and GBB (Grace Brethren 
Boys), as well as Missionary 
Helpers, all meet on the same 
evening. More than 75 percent 
of those who attend the Sun- 
day morning worship service 
also attend Family Night. 

The Grace Brethren Church 
of Wooster, Ohio (the mother 
church of the Orrville GBC), 
also deserves a large amount of 
credit for the continual 
growth of the Orrville church. 
Several member families of 

this mother church involved 
themselves early in the new 
work in Orrville contributing 
their maturity and experience 
to aid the pastor. One of its 
members gave a $5,000 con- 
tribution to the property fund 
and the Wooster WMC also 
contributed a gift to aid the 
new work. Many members 
have had special music at Orr- 
ville and others have attended 
to give spiritual encourage- 
ment to the congregation. All 
of Orrville's printing (bulletins, 
and so forth) has been gra- 
ciously cared for by the Woo- 
ster church. With this type of 
support from the Wooster 
Grace Brethren Church, the 
Orrville work has continued to 

in the final analysis, the 
pastor and people give the 
praise and glory to our Lord 
and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for 
He has determined to build 
His church and the gates of 
Hades shall not overpower it. ■ 

Pastor Keith 

Merriman (left) greets guests 

following an evening service. 



BHM€ ^ews Update 

Two New Churches Have Been Added— 

Two new churches have been added to the roster 
of Home Mission Points! The Shermans Valley Grace 
Brethren Church in Loysville, Pennsylvania; and the 
Grace Brethren Church, Laguna Niguel, California, 
have joined the family. 

The Shermans Valley church, under the leadership 
of Pastor George Wilhelm, was adopted by the 
council late last year for administrative assistance. 
They began receiving financial support on January 

The church started as a Bible study after several 
key members became disenchanted with their liberal 
church. It was led, at various times, by Harold 
Hollinger, Dale Jenks, and Wesley Haller. In April 
1982, it was incorporated in the state of Pennsyl- 
vania, and was accepted into the North Atlantic dis- 
trict the following month. 

Loysville, a rural community of about 800 people, 
is the hub of activity for West Perry County. It is fast 
becoming a bedroom community to the larger cities 
of Carlisle and Harrisburg. 

The Laguna Niguel church began because of the 
vision of Rev. Gary Nolan, formerly pastor of the 
Alta Loma, California, Grace Brethren Church, and 
several southern California churches. After he re- 
signed the pastorate at Alta Loma, the board of elders 
voted not to let him resign, but to send him as a mis- 
sionary to the South Orange County community. 
North Long Beach (California) Grace Brethren 
Church, and the Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren 
Church in Mission Viejo, California, just ten miles 
away, also support the work. 

Predominately a residential community, Laguna 
Niguel began in 1958 as one of Southern California's 
first master-planned communities. Its twelve square 
miles include a population of about 20,000 people 
and it boasts "unspoiled beaches, green valleys and 
rolling hills." It is one of the greatest projected 
growth areas for Southern California because it is 
smog free and near the Pacific Ocean. Within a 
20-mile radius of the city are 150,000 to 200,000 

Special Celebration at Sebring— 

A Birthday Party for Jesus has been an annual 
event at the Sebring, Florida, Grace Brethren Church, 
almost since its inception several years ago. Held dur- 
ing the Christmas season, the children present a pro- 

gram which is followed by a congregational hymn 

This year, the program was held on December 19 
and featured a dramatic reading and several in- 
strumental solos, in addition to the children's 
program. More than 50 people attended the event. 

The evening climaxed with each individual giving 
their monetary birthday gift to Jesus. Special en- 
velopes were provided for giving as the Lord led. 
These envelopes were laid in a make-shift manger in 
the front of the auditorium. 

When the offering was counted, it totaled $13,413. 
It will be used toward payment on the church's 
property, leaving a balance of approximately $6,000. 

District Planning Session- 
Representatives of the four Alaskan churches met 
in October in Cooper Landing, Alaska, to begin 
structuring the new Arctic district. It is anticipated 
that the district will be accepted into the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches' conference in 1984. 

The first step in organization was to form a district 
mission commission, to seek out areas and establish 
new mission points in the district. Pastor Ed Jackson, 
of Homer, Alaska, was selected as chairman. 

A goal of two more churches in this district by 
1984 was set. This will bring the total to six churches 
in the district by conference time of 1984. 

Attending the meeting were: pictured left to right, 
John Snyder, Kenai; Jim Jackson, Kachemak Bay 
GBC, Homer; Mr. and Mrs. Clair Floyd, Anchorage; 
Pastor and Mrs. John Gillis, Eagle River; and Pastor 
and Mrs. Howard Snively, Kenai. 


MARCH '83 


Rebuilding Beginning at San Bernardino 

The Grace Brethren Church of San Bernar- 
dino, California, has agreed to work cooperative- 
ly with the Brethren Home IVlissions Council 
and the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
in the rebuilding of a testimony for Christ in 
this city, according to Dr. Robert W. Thompson, 
western field secretary for the BHMC. 

A solution was reached when Brethren chur- 
ches across our Fellowship began to pray and 
expressed their concern that the vested assets of 
the church be used for an ongoing Grace Breth- 
ren testimony in that area. The Brethren Home 
Missions Council was pleased by the excellent 
response that came from so many churches on 
the issue. 

The Brethren Home IVlissions Council looks 
forward to working with the committed group 
of people who have agreed to help reestablish 
the work in this city of more than 118,000 
people. Church officials have signed a standard 
Home Missions contract and a Bible class is 
meeting each week under the leadership of Dr. 
Thompson. Pastoral leadership for the group, 
who has been without a pastor since August 
1981 , is also being sought. 

The church will also continue to operate 
their Christian school. 

Kevin Eady Installed at Canal Fulton 

Kevin Eady was installed as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Canal Fulton, Ohio, 
on November 28. Participating in the afternoon 
service, held at the Stinson School where the 
congregation meets each Sunday, were mem- 
bers of the church and delegations from neigh- 
boring Grace Brethren churches. 

Participating in the service were: Pastor Bob 
Fetterhoff, chairman of the Northeastern Ohio 
District Mission Board and pastor of the GBC in 
Wooster, Ohio; Pastor Robert Combs, from the 
Grace Brethren Church in Norton; and Bill 
Smith, eastern field secretary for the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The pastors present participated in the laying 
on of hands, installing Kevin as pastor. 

New Building Dedicated at Norton, Ohio 

On a rainy Sunday, December 5, the new 
sanctuary of the Norton, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church, was dedicated. Pastor James Custer, 
from the GBC of Worthington, Ohio, was the 

The new sanctuary is located on the same 
five-acre site as the old building, which will 
continue to be used for classroom space. Con- 
structed at a cost of $325,000, the sanctuary 
will seat 340 persons. ■ 


The Birth of a Church 

Macon, France— a flowered plaza in the center of one of the main thoroughfares into the city. 

by Tom Julien 

Missions is the story of men, 
of movements. . . and of cities. 
In your New Testament you 
read about Rome, Ephesus, 
and Corinth. When you open 
your Herald you become 
acquainted with Bangui, 
Belem, Buenos Aires, and 
many others. 

This is the first of several 
articles that will introduce you 
to the European cities where 
Brethren missionaries are, or 
have been, engaged in church- 
planting ministries. The first 
of these is the city of Macon, 

lost Americans, unless 
they live in Macon's sister-city, 
Macon, Georgia, have not 
heard of this pleasant com- 
munity of 50,000 inhabitants 
located on the banks of the 
Saone River about 50 miles 
north of Lyon. Faithful 
readers of the Herald will 
remember, though, that it was 
because of Macon that the 
Brethren ministry settled in 
that area in 1964, locating in a 
property just 10 miles to the 
north, the Chateau of Saint- 

I remember driving through 
Macon in the early days of our 
ministry and being impressed 

j^» _ "i'T^i 

1 4 

The Chateau has been 
used to "bridge" the 
gap between evangehsm 
and church planting. 


MARCH '83 



City: Macon 

Size: 50,000 

Missionaries at work: None 

Date work began: 1964 

Date church organized: 1978 

Thumbnail sketch of work: The established 

church is the result of church-planting 

ministry of the DeArmeys 

Pressing prayer request: The ministry of the 
French pastor, Gerard Sangoy 

that this growing community— 
the administrative center of 
the area and located on the 
main transportation lines— had 
no evangelical testimony. 
Other than a small Protestant 
temple and a struggling group 
of Pentecostals, Macon knew 
only traditional Catholicism, 

and the great majority of its 
population was untouched by 
any kind of religious practice. 

Consequently, when we 
moved to the Chateau of 
Saint-Albain in 1964, Macon 
became the object of most of 
the evangelistic efforts of 
Brethren missions for several 

Jim Renick (right) ministered In Macon in the late 1960s. 

years. The terrain proved to 
be extremely hard, and 
gradually we began to see that 
only through long years of 
perseverance in working on a 
personal level would a church 
come into existence. 

The church-planting strategy 
in France has been to use the 
Chateau as a "bridge" between 
evangelism and church- 
planting— a place where 
unsaved could meet new 
believers in a free and open 
atmosphere and relate to them 
on a personal level. As a first 
step, believers were invited to 
relate together on a regional 
level before organizing into 
local churches. Most of the 
people who came originally to 
the Chateau were from Macon, 
and the first converts were 
from that city. 

Sunday morning services 
began in Macon as early as 
1968. That year Jim and 
Joyce Renick moved into the 
city to work with those who 
had been saved by that time. 
Two years later when the 
Renicks moved to another 
city, the Juliens settled in 
Macon for three years, and 
services continued in their 

(Continued on page 14) 


MARCH '83 


In 1971, a small group of 
Christians organized them- 
selves into a local church. The 
years immediately following 
proved, however, that this 
organization was premature 

foundations, moving into their 
rented meeting place the 
following year. 

Then, in theSpringof 1982, 
just before the DeArmeys 
departed for Lyon to begin a 

Larry and Vicki DeArmey 

worked with the Macon 

church for nine years. 

Tom and Doris Julien 
continued the 
evangelical thrust into 
Macon after the 
departure of the 

because of lack of qualified 

Services continued, however, 
and from 1973 on, Larry and 
Vicki DeArmey, who had 
moved to Macon after their 
language study, took the work 
in hand. Those were years of 
a gradual building up of the 
body. In 1978, a new church 
was organized on more solid 

new ministry, they were able 
to see a French pastor, Gerard 
Sangoy, ordained and installed 
as leader of the new congre- 

Thus, Macon, after many 
years of struggle, became the 
first fully indigenous church 
of France under the leadership 
of a local convert trained in 
our decentralized Bible 

Institute. This was a cause of 
deep satisfaction and thanks- 
giving, not only for the 
DeArmeys who had given so 
much of their lives in that city 
but also for the entire team. 

The missionary team in 
France sees Macon as the first- 
fruits of many other churches 
that our Lord will bring into 
existence in our region of 


MARCH '83 


The Macon church is organized as the charter members sign their names. 

Committed believers gather for more intensive training in the decentralized Bible Institute. Gerald 
Sangoy, the French pastor at Macon, is seen in the patterned sweater. 

France in these significant 
years. Chalon is well on its 
way, LeCreusotand Montceau 
are off to an excellent start, 
and Lyon, where Brethren 
ministries started many years 
ago but were unable to 
continue, is seeing a new 
beginning. You will read of 
these and other European cities 
in future months. 

As you pray for these other 
cities, however, do not forget 
Macon, where formidable 
spiritual battles continue to be 
waged. A church of around 

50 in a city of 50,000 means 
two things: that the great 
majority are still lost, and that 
the church will continue to be 
the object of concentrated 
opposition from the forces of 
darkness that have reigned for 
centuries in that city. 

Two other church-planting 
efforts by other groups, in the 
years before the Brethren 
came, failed and were 

Continue to persevere in 
earnest prayer for Macon and 
for God's people who are 

there, courageously living out 
their faith against all the pres- 
sures of a godless society. 
Many have failed, but God 
continues to call out a people 
for His name. 

Few people driving through 
Macon are aware of the 
presence of a Brethren church 
in that city. But when our 
Lord looks down from heaven, 
that small group of worshiping 
Christians is the most impor- 
tant thing going in that town. 

We who are here share that 
vision. ■ 


MARCH '83 


The 1983 Candidate School 

The New Models Are Out 

by Wendell Kent 

I got a sneak preview of the new 
models in January. You'll have 
your own opportunity very soon, 
but let me tell you about them. I 
can't remember when I've been as 

The emphasis this year seems to 
be on performance and durability. I 
was impressed with the amount of 
testing that was done with each 
model. Perhaps no previous exam- 
ples have ever been so carefully 
analyzed, tested, and prepared. It is 
obvious that these models will not 
be presented until those in charge 
feel they are ready. 

Style has not been overlooked 
either. I was impressed to see the 
sharp appearance of these newcom- 
ers. My friend, Gordon Austin, shot 
roll after roll of pictures in his 

eagerness to share with others the 
visual story of this year's selection. 
He is confident that the public will 
be just as thrilled as we were. 

Great attention has been given 
to detail. These models have just 
about everything as standard equip- 
ment. Many are customized with 
special capabilities. They seem 
tuned to a high degree of efficiency, 
and not one appeared the least bit 
sluggish about starting or shifting 
into high gear. 

I was prepared for some "sticker 
shock" at the high cost of getting 
these models out of the showroom 
and into the mainstream of traffic, 
but after some reflection the figures 
don't really seem so high after all. 
Not when you consider what these 
models can do. 

In case you haven't guessed, I've 
been describing the new mission- 
aries who passed through the inten- 

sive three-week candidate school 
conducted by FMS. There were 32 
attending this year, a record high. 
As many as 22 of these candidates 
could be approved for departure by 
the fall of '83. 

It's going to cost us something, 
but we believe the time has come 
for Christians to recognize that God 
is at work today burdening the 
hearts of an unusual number of 
young men and women for mission- 
ary service. We who remain at home 
can have a crucial part in sending 
them out of the "showroom" and 
into the places where they want to 

A high cost? Yes, but a worthy 
one if we're serious about obeying 
the Great Commission. 

We encourage you to check out 
at least one of these exciting candi- 
dates and help move them out onto 
the freeway of missionary service. ■ 


MARCH '83 


a Trionumi with 'rriiAUonA, 

The Mission 
That Failed. 

by John W. Zielasko 

The early missionary efforts of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Society were not what one 
would call overwhelmingly successful. In fact, 
the initial penetrations across cultural and 
linguistic boundaries were downright discour- 
aging. Those Brethren who had opposed the 
founding of the Society at the Winona Lake 
Annual Conference in September of 1900 
must have been gloating over the dismal 
prospects of this foolhardy venture ever 
making a signficant Christian impact on the 

Not until 1903 did the Society have any 
missionaries ready to tackle a foreign mission 
assignment. In that year, a couple was sent to 
Urmia, Persia (present day Iran). For six years 
the Society assisted the work. Alas, political 
conditions were as bad then as they are now, 
so the work had to be closed. 

Strike out number one. 

In the previous year, 1902, the first mis- 
sionary had been appointed by the Society. 
Wouldn't you know, it was a woman and 
single at that; apparently women's lib had 
come a long way in missionary circles. 

Miss Vianna Detwiler had the honor of 
being that first missionary. In 1903, she was 
sent to assist in a Brethren mission that was 
opening in Montreal, Canada. For thirteen 
years, the mission struggled in the heart of 
that French Canadian Roman Catholic state. 
But in 1916, the Board decided to close the 
mission and dispose of the property. 

Strike out number two. 

But life often springs forth from disaster. 
Flowers grow again, and trees sprout in areas 
devastated by fire. Such is the case with the 
mission that failed. 

Recently Missionary Ruth Snyder came 
into the Foreign Missions office with a heart- 
warming question. "Do you know that a 

convert from the first Brethren missionary 
venture is now living at Grace Village?" 

A convert from the first Brethren mission 
work going back to 1912 now living in Grace 
Village? It didn't seem possible. But sure 
enough, it was true. Immediately we arranged 
an interview with Mrs. Ruth Maul and dis- 
covered some interesting facts. 

Mrs. Maul was born in Canada and was 
christened in the Episcopalian church where 
her parents were members. When she was in 
her late teens, she started to attend the Breth- 
ren Mission and there accepted Christ as her 
Saviour. Rev. Morton L. Sands was the pastor 
who baptized her, and Ruth became a mem- 
ber of that work until it closed in 1916. 

She expressed great enthusiasm about the 
ministry of the mission, pointing out that 
there were about 60 to 75 regular attenders at 
meetings. Just why it was closed, Mrs. Maul 
doesn't know. 

or Did It? . . . 

The Mission that failed-did it really? 

Well, here is one convert that went on to 
the seminary in Ashland, Ohio, has led a fruit- 
ful Christian life, and now is spending her re- 
tirement years in Grace Village at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Strike two? Maybe not. ■ 

iFMS MARCH '83 I / i 

It was Sunday after 

the morning service in Cas- 

tanhal, Brazil. The baptism was set for 

7:30 p.m. The church caretaker had forgotten 

to fill the baptismal tank, and now there was no 

water pressure in our section of town. Even with 

pressure there would not be enough time to fill it. 

Having been scheduled for several weeks, the service 
had seven Brazilian believers waiting to take part after 
having instruction. They ranged from a thirteen-year- 
old boy to a grandmother. Two other young people, a 
newly married couple, and the wife of one of the men 
in the church comprised the other five. 

No one was in the church as I looked at the empty 
tank and prayed, "Lord, this is an important step of 
faith in the lives of these seven children or Yours. If 
it is Your will that we get water in this tank and that 
Your name may be honored, I ask that it might be 

Just then one of the men of the church, Jorge, 
walked in. "I've got an idea. Pastor. The fire depart- 
ment uses its equipment to hose down the soccer 
players after a match. I wonder if it would be willing 
to fill our tank?" 

We both left for the fire department, and Jorge 
talked with the fire chief. 

"I think we can do that for you," came the reply, 
"but do you have any literature you could give me 
about your Baptist church?" 

After correcting the error, we agreed upon a time 
for him and his crew to meet us at the church. 

"Thank you. Lord for giving this man a disposition 
to help us and even wanting information about the 

The big truck arrived early, the tank was filled (the 
quickest time in its history), and the chief accepted 
the tracts and Scripture portions with a smile. Our 
people, God's people, were baptized. 

Once again we saw God's care for His children. 

Our seven newly baptized believers took only one 
step in their spiritual journey. They must take steps 
each day as they battle against community pressure 
and temptations. 

The thirteen-year-old boy has told me of his god- 
parents' attempts to talk him out of his decision and 
get him back in the Catholic church. The grandmother 
cried as she told us about the rest of her uninterested 
family waiting for her "religious fad" to pass. 

May we be faithful in completing the Great Com- 
mission and in bringing them to full maturity in the 
family of God. 


MARCH '83 


A Baby Dedication with a Difference 

by Lynn Hoyt 

"Our two oldest boys have asked 
to be godfathers at Natalia's dedi- 

My first reaction, when Silvia 
Perez told me that when we were 
discussing the upconning baby dedi- 
cation, might have been to reject 
the idea completely. However, the 
idea of having godparents at baby 
baptisms is a deeply ingrained tradi- 
tion among Roman Catholic 
people, and I had given it much 

What does such a practice mean? 
This was the question that kept 
coming up in my mind. I thought it 

True, the term "godfather" 
sounds horrible to many Ameri- 
cans, because of its connection 
with organized crime. But surely 
that could not be the real meaning 
of the word. 

I discovered that in the moment 

of accepting the responsibility, the 
godparents must promise to be- 
come the spiritual guardians of the 

"Why not incorporate the idea 
into our own practice of baby dedi- 
cation?" I asked myself. 

Practically every Argentine child 
has godparents. They serve as wit- 
nesses to the child's christening and 
promise to be responsible for the 
spiritual care of the child. Yet, that 
has become the least of the duties 
to which the godparents attend. 

Generally the spiritual care is 
forgotten, and the godparents be- 
come the ones who are expected to 
give gifts to the child on such 
occasions as Three Kings Day 
(January 6), birthdays, first com- 
munions, children's days, plus any 
other special days that may come 

My thought then was that it 
would be very nice to resurrect the 
true meaning of being a godparent. 
When I looked at it that way, it be- 

came quite obvious that this could 
become a fantastic opportunity for 
some other people to take a very 
special interest in the child. 

So, on the evening of September 
26, 1982, two little girls were pre- 
sented to the Lord by their parents. 
Each acquired a set of godparents. 

After reading the story of Anna 
and Elkanah's presentation of 
Samuel to the Lord and the ac- 
count of Jesus blessing the little 
children, I challenged both sets of 
godparents with their heavy respon- 
sibility to be a backup force in the 
spiritual upbringing of these girls. 
I asked them never to stand in the 
way if the Lord should some day 
ask their godchild to be a pastor's 
wife or a missionary. 

After the godparents had taken 
this vow, the parents took their 
vows in a similar fashion. A prayer 
for each child closed the dedi- 

It was a touching dedication . . . 
with a difference. ■ 

RETIREMENT PROGRAMS are more plentiful now than in any time of 
the working man's history. Tax breaks for the individual who wants to care for 
his retirement years are offered by the government 
as incentives to do more for himself in taking care of 
this need. 

This has not always been the case. Not only were 
there no tax breaks, but no programs were offered as 
guidelines to lay aside something for those retirement 
years. Many of our pastors who have faithfully served 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches need our 
help now\ 

The Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retirement 

Benefits was given this responsibility of helping retired 

pastors and pastors' widows with retirement income. 

This board can only do this job as churches in the Grace 

Fellowship support them with their contributions and 


Please send your contributions and requests for more informa- 
tion to Pastor Clair E. Brickel, 14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., 
Brookville, Ohio 45309. 

1 MARCH '83 




GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Tel. 219/267-6622 | 

A ministry for each attender 

Making Visitors Smile 

Someone has defined church growth as "Attracting 
Visitors, Winning Visitors, Discipling Visitors, and Keeping 
Visitors." The emphasis is on visitors. Somehow we need to 
help them feel welcomed, and a part of our group. 

The following interview is not just for pastors, or ushers, 
or even greeters. CE asked Bernie Simmons, associate pastor 
at the Grace Brethren Church, Lititz, Pennsylvania; and 
Richard Todd, new members pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California, to discuss "How to make 
visitors feel at home." They gave a good basis for the im- 
portance of this subject, but they also presented a message 
for all of us, "Welcoming visitors can't be left up to the 
'professionals.' " 

CE: In a church the size of Long Beach, someone might 
think you don't need more visitors. Are you still interested 
in visitors? 

TODD: I don't know that we have ever not been interested 
in visitors. What it comes down to is— do we expend effort 
in reaching visitors, and are we concerned about reaching 
our community for Christ? 

CE: How important is welcoming visitors at Lititz? 

SIMMONS: It's a very key part and Pastor Young works 
hard at making visitors feel welcomed. 

CE: How important is this subject? Will a church grow if 
visitors are not well received? 

SIMMONS: No. It's hard to identify what has made our 
church grow. One key though is the atmosphere of friendli- 
ness. When a church has a closed attitude toward newcom- 
ers, it cannot grow. We don't want to be friendly just so we 
will grow, rather because we are personally caring for any- 
one who attends our church. 

TODD: I agree with Bernie. Research tells us the first few 
moments of a visitor's time on your premises are the most 
important. Some people are saying it's the first three 
minutes, I'd say it's probably the first ten minutes of the 
person's visit that determines if he or she will return. 

This question was given to new attenders in a variety of 
churches: "How soon did you make your decision to return 
to this church for a second visit?" The majority of answers 
did not refer to the follow-up letter from the pastor, or 
when the evangelism team went to the home. It wasn't even 

after the service when they talked to their spouse. It w 
made in the early moments of arrival. Initial relationshii 
and responses, or lack of them, are the most critical imprt 
sions visitors receive. Anything we can do to enhance tho 
first few moments is very important. 

CE: What would you think of a church where the peep 
say it's up to the "professionals" to welcome visitors? 

TODD: Those people believe that programs reach peopi 
They do not understand the importance of the chun 
family or why visitors come. 

SIMMONS: "Feeling at home" cannot happen from tl 
pastor or the ushers, it has to come from the people in tl 

If the pastor is bubbly toward newcomers and tl 

in Lhfistion ed, youth, and church growth 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Judy Fairman, Director of SMM 

i/^hat Happens When a Visitor 
Arrives at . . . 


1. Greeted by usher. Directed to hospitality desl<. 

2. At hospitality desk— given a map of facilities with an 
"X" identifying appropriate Bible f^ellowship class- 

3. Usher takes children and parents to classroom. 

4. At the worship service— greeted by regular attenders be- 
fore the service begins. Registers attendance with 
regulars. Visitors are introduced by a regular attender 
and receive a packet of materials. Pastor welcomes the 

5. A follow-up letter is mailed on Monday. 

6. A Grow team visits the people in their homes on 
Tuesday night. 

Long Beach 

/. Greeting by hospitality team. Hospitality team helps 
with questions and directions. 

2. At the worship service— ushers welcome, initiate con 
versation, and help them find a place to sit. An oppor 
tunity to mingle is frequency given during the service 
Visitors register attendance along with regulars, are in 
traduced and then greeted by a staff member. They re 
ceive a welcome brochure and an opportunity to receive 
one free sermon tape by the pastor. 

3. After the service— greeting by regulars and invited to 
Bible Fellowship classes. 

4. Midweek— two letters arrive, one by the pastor thank- 
ing them for attending; and one by the outreach de- 
partment, inviting them to join the correspondence 

5. During the week— evangelism team visits the home, in- 
vites them to Sunday school and offers them the corre- 
spondence course. 

pie are cold, you cannot overconne that. You cannot 
:e visitors feel welcomed just by professional or organized 
ters. It has to be an atmosphere where the whole con- 
lation is warm. The pew people have to agree in their 
't they will welcome these newcomers. 

How to you encourage the people seated around visit- 
to greet them? 

DD: It takes years and years of practice. Once we 
)ped greeting visitors to save time in the service. We 
ned then that this was such an important part of our 
ice because visitors come to our church for a reason. We 
ays need to ask ourselves why did they come? If they're 
ling for relationships and to see people whose lives have 
1 changed, then they need to meet people whose lives 
3 been changed by Christ. 

What would be the ideal situation for lay people greet- 

IMONS: Inviting them home or taking them out to din- 

Todd— We always need to ask ourselves why 
did they (visitors) come? If they're coming 
for relationships and to see people whose 
lives have been changed, then they need to 
meet people whose lives have been changed 
by Christ. 

ner. I think the key to a lay person knowing what to do is 
putting yourself in the other person's shoes and realizing 
you are the host, not just the pastor. Good etiquette and 
congeniality is needed. Sometimes we mention from the 
pulpit, "If you feel awkward introducing yourself to the 
new people, think how much more awkward the visitor 
feels." God wants us to make that person receptive to the 
message the pastor is bringing. The visitor needs a friend, a 
contact, a rope to draw him into the congregation. 

TODD: Along with that, if the regular attender was able to 
find out why the person has come to church, that is worth 
his weight in gold. If you are the person next to a visitor, the 
greatest thing to find out, in a casual way, is why they are 
there; whether it be friends, family, a child in the choir, or 
whatever. People come to church for a reason. The greatest 
thing to do is to meet the needs of people, because that is 
where relationships begin. 

CE: What do you do different at Lititz in welcoming 


SIMMONS: I'm not sure how different it is, but we ask our 

regular attenders to introduce the visitors. 

CE: So, if I walked into your church as a first-time visitor 
someone else would introduce me, even though I didn't 
know anyone. I wouldn't stand up and introduce myself? 

SIMMONS: Right. So we don't ask the question, "Is any- 
one here for the first time?" Otherwise people would intro- 
duce themselves. There are two advantages to this: you 
don't put people on the spot— they don't have to stand by 
themselves; and it's a method of making sure our people 
meet the visitors personally. So this is what happens. Our 
people are trained to look for visitors and get acquainted 
with them before the worship service begins. Then after our 
registration period, we introduce visitors and guests. A 
regular attender stands and says, "I just met so-and-so and 
they are from Lancaster." Pastor Young then repeats their 
name, "Ron and Sheryl, it's great to have you here." 

CE: What about Long Beach? Tell us about your corre- 
spondence course. 

TODD: We use the Grow '73 discipleship lessons on the 
Gospel of John. When our outreach department follows up 
on visitors, among other things, they invite the people to 

We believe Christian education, youth ministry, and church growth are some of the best things God 
has going here on IHis planet. Thank you for helping us serve Him and the churches in those areas. 

join our Bible correspondence course. This is just another 
angle to communicate with them. 

CE: What's the strategy behind this? 

TODD: Our purpose is to continue the contact. Unchurched 
people make steps toward receiving Christ. They will take a 
step toward knowing about the Bible before they will take 
steps into church programming. 

CE: So would you say sometimes we try to jump some of 
those stages and maybe miss bringing visitors back? 

TODD: Yes. I was in a new family's home recently. The 
wife came as a visitor and then got involved in our corre- 
spondence course. As she was doing the studies and began 
attending the church, her husband saw the Bible study 
material laying around the home and picked it up. He de- 
cided he needed to know more about the Lord and started 
working through the studies. They are now very active in 
our church. 

I also think we should say something about tracking 

Todd— We want to establish programs and 

ministries that attract visitors. If we 

knew it was the annual Christmas concert, 

I'd love to have five of them! 

The Four Cltallenges 

The Process of Helping a New Person 
Become a Responsible Part of the Body 

1. Getting them in 

By advertising and personal invitations, by designing serv 
ices and programs that attract visitors, by caring enough to dc 
the hard work of developing new ministries to meet many dif 
ferent needs, the church gets new people to come. 

2. Receiving them 

What does a person feel when he hits that crucial spot ter 
feet inside the door of your church, or after sitting down ir 
the sanctuary, or as he gets back in his car after the service? Oi 
a week later? "Receiving them" is all about the systems anc 
people of your church and how they respond to visitors. 

3. Assimilating them 

Assimilation is the church growth word. It means the new 
person now calls this "my church." It includes receptior 
into smaller groups, webs of friends, and the mainstream o 
the church. It will happen within the first six months afte 
coming, or it will probably not happen! 

4. Training and equipping them 

This is the process of discipling and work-study so a persor 
is able to assist in the ministries of the church and by using th( 
personal spiritual gifts he or she has. 

IVlaking visitors feel welcomed and a part of the bod^ 
requires a conscious effort. It doesn't just happen. 

Which of the four challenges will you accept? Actually, w( 
all need to be active in each. Join us in helping visitors fee 

-*=f^VoLdl3a. rri-<AA.^^onr^_ 

Richard Todd 

visitors. We monitor our visitors and are most interested in 
where they live and why they came. 

We want to establish programs and ministries that at- 
tract visitors. If we knew it was the annual Christmas con- 
cert, I'd love to have five of them! If it's an annual revival, 
or a special speaker, or the pastor doing a topical series, 
then we need to have more of the same. 

What attracts visitors is something all the church minis- 
ters need to know, it's not just information for the pastor. 
The Christian education committee needs to know if VBS 
attracts visitors. The music committee should know what 
programs are most successful. 

We want to maximize what we do and concentrate on 
what's most productive. 

CE: If you were going to be the pastor of a church with 
about 100 people attending, what would you do that is 
different from what you've already mentioned? 

TODD: The principles don't change. I would utilize t^e 
same tools in a new or established church. Perhaps in differ- 
ent ways. Indoctrinating the people in understanding the 
importance of visitors is very important. It may be as 
simple as having testimonies of people who came as visitors 
and now are regulars. 

I would stay with the basics. ■ 

— ^Women Manilesting ehrist — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 71 1 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ABOVE ALL love each other deeply 
because love covers over a multitude of sins 
1 Peter 4 8 NIV 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco., 413 Kings Highway. 
Winona Lal<e. Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

Rrst Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs, James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Pow/ell, Ohio 43065 (Tel, 614/881-5779) 


Mrs, Fred (Margie) Devan. Jr., 2507 Vancouver 
Drive, N.W.. Roanol<e. Virginia 24012 (Tel 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs Richard (Virginia) Sellers, 3375 Lal<eview Dr., 
Wooster, OH 44691 (Tel. 216/263-6334) 

Rnancial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman. 602 Chestnut Avenue. 
W/inona Lal<e, Indiana 46590 (Tel 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs Thomas (Donna) Miller. Route No. 8. Box 277, 
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs, Ralph (Betty) Hail, Route No. 8, Box 297. War- 
saw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 301 Esplanade, Winona Lai<e, In- 
diana 46590 (Tel 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Ctiairman 

Mrs John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy. 
Ohio 45373 (Tel. 51 3/335-51 88) 

Jfissiotidry ^Irifictays 

MAY 1983 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 40 and 4 1 
of the 1983 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


Michael Hoyt May 9, 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon May 13 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Demise Skeen May 1 

Nathan Stallter May 3, 1979 

Sy Belohiavek May 6, 1980 

Mrs. Berta Kuns May 1 1 

Emily Kuns May 11, 1976 

Sheri Vnasdale May 19, 1968 

Mr. Werner Kammler May 30 


Mrs. Vicki DeArmey May 5 

Rev. Larry DeArmey May 9 


Mrs. Becky Pappas May 1 


Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

Goal -$10,000 

Deadline -June 10, 1983 

Continuation of raising funds for the new~ 

Missionary Residence in Winona Lake, Indiana 

Christian Education 
Goal — $1.50 per member 
Deadline- April 30, 1983 
SMM Girl-of-the-Year Scholarship and sponsorship 
of Director of SMM 

i WMC IVIARCH '83 20i 




I fc - — ^^L^^^^^A 

— We received a thank you note from our 
medical worl< in Central African Republic for 
all the bandages they have received over the 
years. They have been used to help many 
patients. However, the hospital and dispensaries 
have almost run out of bandages! Any dona- 
tions of bandages from WMC and SMM groups 
would be appreciated. 

— Have you started planning your mother/ 
daughter or mother/son banquet? Don't wait 
until the last minute and try to put something 
together. Why not try something different this 
year, like a picnic, a camp-out, an outing to a 
local gymnasium, or a variety show? 

— Several WMCs have made friendship quilts 
for missionaries. What's a friendship quilt? Each 
lady makes two (or more) squares and em- 
broiders or appliques something special on it, 
and then all the squares are put together into a 
lovely quilt. What a warm gesture! 

— Take a cassette recorder to WMC and 
make a tape for a missionary. Have each lady 
give a message of greeting and encouragement. 
You could record some music or the group 
singing on the tape. 

Getting to Know You 

Are the ladies in your WMC circle getting 
to know each other and developing friend- 
ships? Since "love knows no barriers," we 
should be loving our Christian sisters and 
learning more about them. 

Here are some questions you could use to 
begin a meeting, so the ladies get to know 
each other a little better: 

What's your favorite hobby? 
Share your favorite Bible verse. 
What is your favorite parable Jesus 

Share how you came to know the 

What do you enjoy most about 
being a wife? Or single? Or a 
Share your favorite song. 
What is the Old Testament story 

that means a lot to you? 
Share a nice thought about the per- 
son to the left of you. 
What did you want to be as a child, 

when you grew up? 
What is your favorite flower? 
Share your most memorable Christ- 
mas (or Easter). 
What's your favorite vacation spot? 

You could go around the circle and have 
each lady answer the question in just a few 
sentences. Or pick four of the questions and 
have them answer on a 3x5 card with their 
name in the middle (see illustration). Then 
have them wear the card for the rest of 
the meeting. What a great conver- 
sation starter! 

The Silent Servant 

Rejoice. This is something ail Christians 
should do— Christ died for us. 

But sometimes rejoicing is difficult, espe- 
cially when a loved one is called home sud- 
denly. That is exactly what happened in our 
church this past Fourth of July. 

The celebration of our nation's freedom 
was interrupted by the calling home of our 
dear sister in Christ, Edna Pearl Douglas. 

Her weekend started joyously with the 
marriage of her daughter, Kay, on Friday 
night. Then she and the rest of her family left 
on vacation. Saturday evening they attended 
an all-night gospel sing in northern Florida. 

Never suspecting that the God who loved 
her was only hours away from calling her 
home, Edna Pearl and her husband, Roy, and 
children had a wonderful last evening together 
filled with songs of praise for our Lord and 
Saviour. Later that night when cresting a hill, 
another car crossed the center line. Edna 
Pearl's mission on this earth was fulfilled, and 
she was in the presence of her Lord. 

When I say "mission on this earth," it truly 
was just that. Edna Pearl would have been em- 
barrassed by these words, but only because 
being praised or thanked by her fellow Chris- 
tians was never necessary to her. The prospect 
of serving her Lord and thanking Him for all 

He had done was what she cared about. 

She was a fine wife for 25 years, and she 
raised four children. When her children were 
younger, she worked with SMM. Mrs. Douglas 
always taught Sunday school and was very 
active in WMC. 

The last years that God allowed my hus- 
band and I to know her, she and Roy minis- 
tered in our lives greatly. Edna Pearl and Roy 
were also deacon and deaconess. 

If ever there was a table to be set, decora- 
tions to be made, missionary projects to be 
worked on, or clean-up to be done, she was 
there. Never a grumble or complaint— just a 
smile or laugh. 

As much as she "silently served" her 
church family, she had an even greater minis- 
try at the service station which she and her 
husband operated. I never fully realized the 
extent of that ministry until her funeral. We 
live in a relatively small town, but you would 
not have known it by her funeral. Over 500 
people packed our church, and well over 100 
floral arrangements surrounded the audi- 
torium. As Pastor Ray Feather said in her 
service, "Edna Pearl would have said, 'Speak 
less of me and more of my Saviour.' " 

Through all of this, God has truly laid a 
burden upon my heart. Every church has its 
"silent servants" that are so vital and so often 
not fully realized until it is too late. 

Please, go to that one that you always see 
(but never seem to tell) and say, "I love you 
and appreciate the work you do for our 
Lord." Don't think there will always be a to- 

Those of us who knew Edna Pearl as a 
friend and sister in Christ were blessed by her 
presence and friendship. We still miss her 
terribly, but from deep in our hearts and souls 
we can rejoice and know that our silent 
servant, Edna Pearl, on her homegoing heard 
the words she had longed to hear from her 
Lord, "Well done, my good and faithful ser- 

This tribute was written by a lady in the Okeecho- 
bee, Florida, Grace Brethren Church, where Edna 
Pearl faithfully attended and served. 


MARCH '83 


You're a Mother 

by Nora Macon 

While reading in a dictionary 
the other day (yes, I'm one of 
"those"), I noticed some of 
the synonyms for the word 
"mother"— parent, momma, 
mom, matriarch, protector, 
nourisher, and producer. 

I've never considered myself 
a mother, since I'm single and 
have no children; but according 
to some of these words, I am 
a mother. I am a mother to a 
pet parrot named Stanley and 
a whole bunch of house plants. 

Of course, biologically, I'm 
not a mother. I don't even get 
Mother's Day cards. However, 
I do protect, care for, and 
nourish my "family" of plants 
and one bird. 

It's sort of like the relation- 
ship of WMC and SMM, only 
WMC is also the producer! 
WMC has seen SMM grow 
from a group of girls meeting 
in a pastor's home to a national 
organization encompassing 
girls of all ages. And, WMC 

has helped nurture and protect 
the program along the way. 

Today, the program of 
SMM can involve each girl in 
our Fellowship. Programs are 
available for Little Sisters, 
grades 1-3; Amigas, grades 4-6; 
Lumieres, grades 7-9; and 
Charis, grades 10-12. The girls 
are encouraged in every area 
of their lives through SMM. 
Goals include missions, Bible, 
sewing, music, camping, 
nature, and good grooming. 

We WMC ladies have been 
used by God to "mother" this 
group in many ways. We serve 

as patronesses, we pray, and 
we give our financial support 
to help SMM. 

We are not the only parent, 
however. SMM has its home 
in the GBC Christian Education 
Department headquarters in 
Winona Lake, Indiana. Mrs. 
Judy Fairman is the director 
of SMM, and she has created 
and initiated many of the 
good SMM programs. 

Each year WMC sets an 
offering goal for GBC Christian 
Education. Money from this 
offering goes toward the salary 
of the director of SMM and a 
scholarship to Grace College 
for the SMM Girl of the Year. 

Our set goal as a national 
organization for this offering 
is $7,000-about $1 .50 per 
WMC lady. As mothers, we 
can't (or shouldn't) count on 
SMM's other parent to totally 
care for our child. 

The Christian Education 
offering is collected by local 
councils at various times 
throughout the year and by 
different methods. It is due 
before April 30, 1983. 

Maybe you've never thought 
of yourself as a mother, either, 
but, as a WMC lady, you are! 
Just $1.50 per year! That isn't 
much to take care of a child- 
Stanley eats more than that a 
week in sunflower seeds. 

Let's do our best to reach 
the goal this year as mothers 
and contribute to the impor- 
tant ministry of SMM. 

Don't forget to send your BSLVer an Easter 
card and remind him/her of the resurrection of 
our Lord. A Christian album or tape of Easter 
music would be a nice gift. 




MARCH '83 



D The name of the Rittman, OH, church has been 
changed to the Grace Brethren Church. 

Susan Longenecker and Ken Paulovkin, October 9, at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Temple Hills, MD. James Dixon, 

Robin Pearson and Larry Yarbrough, October 9, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, MD. James Dixon, pastor. 
Joanne Craven and Allen Becke, October 23, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, MD, James Dixon, pastor. 
Marian Stoneham and Jonathan Barnett, November 5, 
at the Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, PA. Gerald 
Kelley, pastor. 

Darlene Saurer and Curtis Frame, November 13, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Rittman, OH. Robert Russell, pastor. 

D Gary M. Kochheiser was inadvertently omitted 
from the Grace Brethren Annual list of ministers. He 
is licensed and involved in the starting of a new 
church in Fredericktown, OH. He can be reached at 
R. 3, Painter Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019. 

D Bob Collitt, director of Stewardship Service for 
Grace Brethren Missions, will be involved in a steward- 
ship conference in the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, PA, April 1 0-1 3. 

DThe Kenai Grace Brethren Church of Kenai, AK, 
needs a new music and youth director, preferably 
someone interested in serving on a permanent basis. 
A preaching ability would be helpful. The position 
will be open June 1, 1983. For further information, 
contact Ted Titus, P. 0. Box 41 86, Kenai, AK 9961 1 . 

D Pastor Richard Harstine has joined the staff of the 
Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church in 
Roanoke, VA. He will be assisting Pastor Thompson 
in the area of music ministry. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

The following marriages were performed by James Kennedy, 
pastor, Waimalu Grace Brethren Church, Aiea, HI: 

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cook 

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fukuda 

Mr. and Mrs. Noel Nakasone 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wagner 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wright 
Shelby Stoneham and Stephen Oliver, April 3, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Waynesboro, PA. Gerald Kelley, pastor. 
Janice Warner to Dana Lourdon, April 24, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Waynesboro, PA. Gerald Kelley, pastor. 
Harriett Bumbaugh and Harold Stumbaugh, June 12, at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, PA. Gerald Kelley, 

Brenda Grove and Kevin Musselman, August 21, at the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, PA. John 
Gregory, pastor. 

Gail Benton and Russell Dick, August 28, at the Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, 

Linda Haan and Mike Pharr, September 11, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, MD. James Dixon, pastor. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

Juiian Curtis, December 19, member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, MD. James Dixon, pastor. 
Dulaney, Hattie D., December 19, a faithful member of the 
First Brethren Church of Des Moines, lA. John Sholly, pastor. 
Good, Sarah, July 20, was the oldest member of the Listie 
Grace Brethren Church, Listie, PA. Bill Cochran, pastor. 
If/latthew, Paul, 53, December 11. He was a member of the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Williams, Mae, July 9, a faithful member and hostess to many 
speakers and missionaries ministering in the Listie Grace 
Brethren Church, Listie, PA. Bill Cochran, pastor. 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Brethren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 

Change ycur annual 

Michael Blakley, 829 Hillward Ave., West Covina, CA 
91791 / Steven Bradley, 10439 Healy St., Santee, 
CA 92071 / Arthur Collins, 416 Keenest., Dowagiac, 
Ml 49047 / Martin Garber, 1407 Stetson Ave., 
Modesto, CA 95350 / Kenneth Koontz, 7555 En- 
terprise Rd., Apt. 32, Orange City, FL32763 / Glenn 
E. Moore, 324 Woodard's Ford Rd., Chesapeake, VA 
23320 / Dave L. Troxel, 608 Tucker, Clarksville, IN 
47130 / George F. Wilhelm, P. 0. Box 65, Loysville, 
PA 17047 / Daniel Younger, 3991 Marvaez, Fort 
Myers, FL 33901 / Sue Marshall is the new recording 
secretary for the Grace Brethren Church of Chambers- 
burg, PA. Her address is 901 Forrest Rd., Chambers- 
burg, PA 17201 (Tel. 717/263-0858). 


MARCH '83 


From the Office of Extension Ministries 



College and 
Grace Theolo- 
gical Seminary 
provide a number 
of services for 
evangelical groups 
throughout the United 
States. Through the 
Office of Extension 
Ministries, varied programs 
are provided to meet the di- 
verse needs of our constituencies. 
Some of these programs are ex- 
plained here for your consideration. 

Special Speakers 

The faculty members of Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary offer to churches and other 
groups a wide spectrum of expertise. Ifyour group 
is in search of a special speaker, you can contaa 
the Extension Ministries Office fbr suggestions to 
meet your particular needs. 

Christian Workers Conference 

Generally conducted during a scheduled Round 
Robin Bible Conference, the Christian Workers 
Conference is a one day seminar that features 
several memtsers of the Grace faculty. These 
faculty members teach workshops in key areas 
affieaing church ministries. A nominal cost is 
charged fbr each conference participant and a 
complete notebook outlining workshop sessions 
is provided. Occasionally the seminar registration 
fee includes a catered lunch which provides 
further opportunity fbr informal interaction with 
Grace faculty. 

Estate Planning Seminars 

The task of developing a comprehensive estate 
plan can be confusing. A team of specialists from 
Grace can come to your area and provide an in- 
depth program which explains complete tax 
rulings in a manner understandable to the 
concerned layman. Additional programs for 
pastors and professionals can be scheduled 
during the period of time that Grace personnel are 
in your area. Time is allocated for personal calls to 
those who have further questions. The seminar 
program is designed to share important informa- 
tion on some of the charitable tools available in 
estate planning. 


Regional retreats have proven to be an exciting 
way to combine personal fellowship and spiritual 
edification. A number of Grace faculty members 
condua specialized seminars that are especially 
appealing in this format. A regional location is 
sought, an acceptable date is secured and 
advertising is mailed (with the assistance of Grace) 
to alumni and friends. 



Grace Schools sponsor travel opportunities for 
alumni and friends of the school. College credit is 
offered for some programs. Grace tours are 
designed to provide a time for observation, 
fellowship with other Christians, and relaxation. 
Special benefit provisions are made for individuals 
who organize groups fi'om their own church or 


MARCH '83 


The Round Robin Bible Conference 

Many churches plan a special Bible Conference 
program during the year. Grace has successfully 
introduced a unique program which allows 
several churches in a limited geographical area to 
individually enjoy the expository preaching 
ministry of several Grace faculty members. Each 
church holds its own services and each partici- 
pating faculty memtier speaks once in each 

Details on how you can take advantage of these services 
are available upon request. Advertisingsamples and a com- 
prehensive planning sheet giving step by step promotional 
strategies will be included to help guarantee the success of 
your activity. For additional information, address your 
requests to: 

Jerry Twombly, Director of Extension Ministries 

Grace Schools, 200 Seminary Drive 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 • 219/267-8191 

Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr. 

Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling 
Birthdate: July 13,1944 
Salvation: August 1952 
Education: B.A. Ursinus College 

M.A. University of Illinois 
Ph.D. University of Illinois 
Favorite Biblical Books: Leviticus, 

1 & 2 Kings, Habakkuk, Romans 
Favorite Scripture: 2 Timothiy 3:14-15 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Figuring out 

people, sports, pfiilosophy, informal 

getting acquainted 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Counseling 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: September 

Marriage: June 18, 1965 to Rachel Lankford 
Children: Keplen (14) and Kenton (11) 
Hobbies: Tennis, travel, writing 
Latest Accomplishment: The Marriage 

Builder, released in October (publication) 

Dr. John J. Davis 

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew 
Birthdate: October 13, 1936 
Salvation: 1945 

Education: Philadelphia Bible Institute 
B.A., Trinity College 
M.Div., (cum laude) Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary 
Th.M., Grace Theological 

Graduate Study: Near East 
School of Archaeology, Jeru- 
salem, 1972 
Indiana University, 1972 
Th.D., Grace Theological 

D.D., Trinity College 
Favorite Biblical Books: All of Them! 
Favorite Scripture: Joshua 24:14 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Archaeology 

and Old Testament 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Old Testament 

History, Old Testament Theology 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: Part time, 

1963; full time, 1965 
Marriage: June 28, 1958 to Carolyn Clark 
Children: Debbie (24) 
Hobbies: Fishing/hunting, stamp collecting, 

photography, sports writing 
Latest Accomplishment: Elected vice presi- 
dent of the Hoosier Outdoor Writers 
Association; discovered unopened tombs 
at Tell Abila in Jordan 


MARCH '83 


"Life" in Prison 




Kenneth N. Taylor 

Associate Professor of Sociology 
Birthdate: July 9, 1944 
Salvation: as a child 
Education: Dip., Moody Bible Institute 
B.A., Taylor University 
M.A., Ball State University 
Graduate Study: Indiana and 
Florida State Universities 
Ph.D., In preparation at 
Michigan State University 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Running, 
running, and more running; Chicago 
Cubs, gardening 
Favorite Biblical Books: Proverbs, Ephesians 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Marriage and 

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 
Joined Grace Faculty: September 1971 
Marriage: June 10, 1967 to Joanne Oeize 
Children: Rebekah (13), Timothy (10), 

Matthew (5) 
Hobbies: Running, gardening, photography 
Latest Accomplishment: ABD— Michigan 
State University; criminal justice 

Fifteen Grace College students recently learned 
what it is like to be in prison as they spent three days 
at Westville Correctional Center in Westville, Indiana. 
Accompanied by their Criminology instructor. Ken 
Taylor, the students were in prison for two reasons: 
to experience in some way what it is like to be incar- 
cerated and to participate in an In-Prison Seminar 
sponsored by Prison Fellowship of Washington, D.C. 

Each morning the class, along with a group of 
other volunteers from northwest Indiana, would enter 
Westville at 7:30 a.m. and remain with the inmates 
until 3:00 p.m. Two of the students went to the 
Women's Complex, with the remaining group going to 
the General Services Complex. Shortly after arriving 
in the large lecture hall the residents would enter for 
a day of intensive Bible study and small group ses- 
sions, designed to help the inmate better understand 
himself and his fellow residents. The role of the col- 
lege students included serving as discussion leaders for 
small groups of ten inmates. Coffee breaks and lunch 
together in the inmate cafeteria allowed for much 
time for both students and inmates to get to know 
each other. 

The response of the inmates to have a group of 
college students in their midst was very positive. 
Many said how impressed they were with a group of 
students who genuinely showed care and concern. 
Prison Fellowship, founded by ex-Watergate figure 
Charles Colson, is an international organization that 
exists to assist the Church of Jesus Christ in the 
prisons and community in its ministry to prisoners, 
ex-offenders, and their families. In addition, it works 
for a just and effective criminal justice system. In 
northern Indiana, Prison Fellowship holds weekly 
Bible studies as well as seminars at both Westville Cor- 
rectional Center and Indiana State Prison at Michigan 

While at first the college students were apprehen- 
sive, their fears were soon alleviated as they began to 
communicate on a one-to-one basis with the inmates. 
Cindy Martin, a junior from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 
voiced these sentiments: "Being at Westville was the 
most interesting and rewarding experience I think I 
have ever had. I went in with the attitude of expect- 
ing the absolute worst and a sense of great fear." The 
group sessions, where the college students served as 
leaders, were a highlight of the activities to many of 
the students. Chuck Rise, a sophomore from Buena 


MARCH '83 


Vista, Virginia, explained: "I really liked the little 
groups we were in. Those guys sharing their lives with 
me made me realize how fortunate I am." 

Not only did students gain an appreciation of what 
life in prison is like, but also a rich awareness of what 
the term freedom meant. On the final day, when the 
inmates left the meeting room their faces revealed the 
despair and anguish of prison life. "I was overwhelmed 
and wanted to cry. It was then that I understood 
what being an Inmate was all about," remarked 
Junior Chad Curtis of Warsaw, Indiana. 

All of the students expressed the desire of wanting 
to again visit and share their faith in Christ with their 
inmate friends. Many already are looking forward to 
the day when they will be active volunteers with 
Prison Fellowship in their local communities. As 
Westville Assistant Superintendent Chuck Adkins ex- 
pressed to the Grace students, "We enjoyed having 
you participate at the Prison Fellowship Seminar and 
would love to have you visit again." ■ 


New L-Club Members through the 
Month of December 1982 

Mr. and Mrs. Ken D. Anderson 

Dr. and Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Downs 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jeffreys 

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Katip 

Mr. and Mrs. David Kelly 

Mr. Gordon Kisler 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard McKown 

Mrs. Cornelia Oeize 

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Roberts 

Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Zielasko 

Izyetvlng^ (elitist 
titzcuak . 


In Memory of : 

Vera Scovey 
Mr. Guy Bailey 
Mrs. The/ma Eberle 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Mildred Kuhn 
Peru Brethren Church, 
Peru, Indiana 


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1983 Candidate School Participants 

see page 4 

Editor's Note . . . 

We are reprinting the September 1981 editorial. 
The data has changed only slightly during the past 1i 
months; but, as we travel and talk to pastors, many 
local congregations are having difficulty meeting 
budgets. Meanwhile, the needs of missions and educa 
tion are soaring. 

Foreign Missions has several dozen new mission 
aries ready to go this year, and dozens more in thi 
next few years. Home Missions opportunities abounc 
and Grace Schools programs call for needed expan 
sion. We are talking of hundreds of thousands of dol 
lars in new funds— annually . It's decision timel—CWT 

Charles W. Turner 


Wherever Brethren people gather, 
the subject at some point comes to 
the discussion of our progress, or 
lack of it, in the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship. We Brethren have no 
monopoly on this type of dis- 
cussion. All religiousdenominations 
are practicing the same exercise in 
self-examination. It is generally a 
good thing to show such interest in 
our fortunes, whether they be good 
or bad. Our biggest problem is 
obtaining information on which to 
base our opinions. Facts and basic 
data are available for about every- 
thing, however, we sometimes can 
dispute their accuracy. Conse- 
quently, we will not go for 
perfection, but make the necessary 
allowances for errors and omissions. 


As someone has asked, "Com- 
pared to what?" Well, in this case 
compared to our progress during 
the past ten years. The information 
is gleaned from Brethren Annual 
statistical reports for the ten-year 
period from 1970 to 1980. The 
answer to the question of "How are 
we doing?" depends on how you 
look at the facts. So I will let you 
draw some conclusions. I have 
some of my own, but will share 
them at a later date. 


Here we go! There has been a 
13.7 percent increase in the number 
of churches, from 226 to 257. This 
means an average of 3 new churches 
per year. As far as membership is 

concerned, we have increased 29.8 
percent-from 31,324 to 40,680 or 
a net increase of 900 persons per 
year . . . about 4 per church per 
year. Hardly sensational, but it is 


The net worth of our churches 
has increased some $28,000,000 
over the ten-year period and is 
now up to $49,326,501 from 
$21,418,937. The percentage 
of increase is 130 percent. 

Our giving to local church 
budget needs jumped 182 percent, 
from $8,270,387 to $23,380,797, 
and was quite good. 


Our giving to Brethren mission 
organizations did not fare quite as 
well— the total moved up only 1 16 
percent from $1,481 ,270 to 
$3,21 1 ,750. So we received more 
total giving but did not keep the 
same proportions of increase as the 
giving to "Others." This is creating 
a "crunch" that has been slowing 
progress in missions work. 

Now, if you want sensational 
progress, here it is! Giving to non- 
Brethren missions through Brethren 
churches has taken a sensational 
657 percent leap from about 
$80,000 to $605,352. To show 
that this area is still going fine, the 
latest figures available to me indi- 
cate a 32.6 percent increase in just 
one year . . . from $456,230 to 
$605,352. (Comment: Remember 
that these funds went through 
Brethren church offerings and do 
not show any gifts sent by Brethren 
people through the mail to other 
Christian groups. We see only a tip 

of the iceberg. For sometime I 
have called this the fastest growing 
movement in the Brethren Church!) 


The following list shows the ten- 
year growth of our incorporated 
Brethren boards that are not 
"creatures of conference": 

Brethren Foreign 

Missions 104% 

Brethren Home 

Missions 108% 

Brethren Missionary 

Herald 167% 

Grace Schools 174% 

Two brief observations about 
these figures: 1) The smaller growth 
has existed when the organization is 
fully dependent on offerings. 2) 
There is more rapid growth when 
the source of income is from our 
Fellowship of Churches and wider 
areas of the Christian population. 
These are rather obvious and have 
nothing to do with the merit or 
demerit of organizations. 


As local church needs soar 
during this time of inflation and 
opportunities of missions expand 
very rapidly— there is going to be a 
crunch! This information is being 
given to you as a member of our 
Fellowship to stimulate your 
thinking, planning, and praying. 
We need to take a hard look at a 
growing problem and come up with 
some answers, inasmuch as we do 
not have much time left to deal 
with this growing difficulty. 

I would love to have some 
comments from you and will save 
some space in an upcoming issue 
for them. Take a minute to write 
to me. Thanks! 



Volume 45 No. 4 April 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
{ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women 's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 1983 Candidate School 

7 How Much Does a Missionary Cost? 

8 Go Fly a Kite 

9 Maria 

12 Navajo Capital Campaign 

14 Coping with Inflation in Church Planting 

16 Growing Up 

18 Mixing the Mortar 

20 Evangelism Close to Home 

22 Touch a Life 

25 Meet Your WMC Officers 

26 Special Offering Opportunity 
28 A Tour to Remember 

30 Terry Howie 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
Two-Year Study Plan 23 • BMH News Report 32 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Brethren Morning Devotions could be heard 
each morning at 8:30 a.m. over radio station 
WWST. Rev. Kenneth Ashman spoke on 
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; Rev. 
Forest Lance spoke on Tuesday; Rev. Lyie 
Marvin spoke on Thursday, and Rev. James 
Dixon spoke on Friday. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1958 

Rev. Forrest Jackson, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Dallas Center, Iowa, was 
guest speaker at the Youth for Christ in 
Kansas City, Kansas. Over 1,250 people 
were present and 20 made decisions for 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

Dedication of the new three-level Science 
Building at Grace College took place with 
Mr. Dean Walter of Washington, D.C., as the 
speaker. . . . Tom Smith, recent graduate of 
Grace College, joined the staff of Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 

Cover photo by Gordon Austin 

1983 Candidate School 

First row (seated) I. to r.: James 
Sctiaefer, Dr. Jim Mines, Cecil O'Dell, 
Clay Hulett, Ron lA/elsfi. 

Second row (seated) I. to r.: Eliza- 
beth Schaefer, Jane Fretz, Martha 
Mines, Debbie O'Dell, Kim Mulett, 
Trudy Kauffman, Donna Welsh. 

Third row, I. to r.: Kathy Marrell, 
Susan Miller, Debbie Smith, Eric 
Smith, Trevor Craigen, Stan Nairn, 
Dr. Dave Daugherty, Karen Daugherty, 
Chris Nord, Soni Viers, John Viers, 
Jim Mocking, Fays Hocking. 

Fourth row, I. to r.: Ed Miller, 
Doug Ronco, Colleen Craigen, Betty 
Nairn, Carolyn Nord, Patty Morris, 
Margie Morris. 


APRIL '83' 




The candidates enjoyed the informative speai<ers 
and varied subjects. 

The site: Missionary Residence, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

The dates: December 28, 1982 to 
January 14, 1983 

The event: Grace Brethren Foreign 
iVlissions Missionary Candi- 
date School 

The scene: 32 nnissionary candidates 
sitting around tables in the 
All Nations Fellowship 
Hall. For three weeks they 
intently listen to sessions 
covering various subjects, 
ranging from the mission- 
ary and his health to time 
management to mission 
strategy to liberation the- 
ology to photography. 

Rev. John Zielasko leads a session on mission policy. 

i4 APRIL '83 FIMSs 

Many WMC ladies 
from the Warsaw/ 
Winona Lal<e area 
provided food for tiie 
candidates' lunches 
and suppers. 

And the food was enjoyed 
by all! 

Prayer was an 
important part of 
Candidate School. 

Chatting with speakers 
and office personnel 
filled coffee breaks. 



Each candidate met with a special interview committee for the field in which he was interested. 

Several candidates are interested in pioneer- 
ing Grace Brethren works in the Orient. 

All 32 candidates successfully finished the 
school. Of course, they must complete a few more 
processes before being appointed for missionary 

Twenty-two of the candidates have gone 
through the processes, however, and will be leaving 
this year for language study. How exciting! 

But what a challenge! 

God has chosen these people to serve Him over- 
seas. He will supply their needs from His bountiful 

Could He use you to help these candidates get 
to the mission field? ■ 



by Wendell Kent 

One of my pet peeves is 
those commercial advertise- 
ments that tell you an automobile is 
availableforonly, say, $5,995. That 
price is high enough to begin with, but what 
gets me is that it is a false price. 

Just try to buy the car for that amount of 

I wonder how many naive souls have walked into a showroom 
clutching a check for $5,995 expecting to drive home with their 
shiny new car. What a disappointment to find that the price will 
be considerably more. 

"We didn't deceive you," says the dealer, "but $5,995 
is the base price. You have to add some other things 
Like dealer preparation, optional equipment, 
taxes, and a long list of other unexpected 
charges. Has anyone ever actually driven 
off the showroom floor having paid 
only the advertised price? I've never 
heard of it. 

That upsets me. Why can't some 
one tell me the bottom line, the 


grand total, the whole picture? 
I resent being misled. 

How much does a missionary 

At Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions we've tried to be real- 
istic and honest about present- 
ing the needs. When you read 
that a missionary couple serving 
in Africa needs an annual 
support of $30,000, that's 
the total amount. 

If you or your church 
has a check handy for 
that amount, we can deliver two mis- 
sionaries to you with no additional 
charges! Since some of you might 
not have that amount, we also have a 
system of sharing worked out. You 
and some other concerned Christians 
can claim a missionary together. 

Two hundred and thirty-three 
churches are doing that right now. 

You might want to know how we 
arrived at that cost. All our mission- 
aries begin at the same base salary 
level. After several years of service 
some increases are given. 

Here's how the support level for 
one couple (with two children) is 
figured for 1983: 



allowance . 
School .... 
Field budgets 
Furlough expense 
Medical insurance 
Retirement insurance 
Travel to/from field . 
Publicity and promotion 


Cost-of-living adjustment and taxes 















You may have noticed that none of the fig- 
ures include any home office expenses, such as 
salaries and other administrative requirements. 
Those are cared for by general fund offerings or 
undesignated gifts, Missionary support figures are 
exactly what the name suggests-the amount sup- 
ports a particular missionary's total ministry. 

I hope you're not overwhelmed by the magni- 
tude of these figures. Multiplied by the team of 
118 missionaries we already have and challenged 
by the 32 candidates who just graduated 
from our candidate school, it does represent 
a hefty sum. 

It stretches our faith to think we can do 
Most of us listen hopefully these days for even the 
slightest hint of an economic recovery. It seems very 
slow in coming. Yet, all the while God has been bringing 
about a spiritual recovery the dimensions of which are 
just beginning to be felt. 

Out of the depressing humanism and materialism of 
the past two decades has arisen the miracle of a growing 
number of dedicated and talented Christian young 
people who want to give their lives to, of all things, for- 
eign missionary service! 

If we believe that God is behind this amazing happen- 
ing, then surely He also is at work speaking to hundreds 
of people like you and me who can come to the support 
of such a thrilling cause. 

It's going to be exciting in the next few months to see 
whether the vision and sacrifice of those who stay at 
home will match that of those who want to go. 
(Continued on page 11) 

FIVIQ APRIL '83 / wm^^ 

Go Fly 
a Kite 

by Martha A. Mines 

Our home is on a windy hilltop in the Mid- 
west where kites are often visible. Have you ever 
wondered what things are necessary to successfully 
fly a kite? More than just a good wind is needed. 
Missionaries are like kites! They are often visible, 
both in the new culture to which they go and here in 
the States as speakers and world travelers. But what en- 
ables a missionary to fly? 

The first thing necessary in kite flying is a person to 

hold the string. This person is like the local church which 

sends and supports the missionary. Every missionary needs 

people who will "hold the ropes" {or "hold the string") here 

at home. 

Very closely related to the person holding the string, is the 
string itself. A kite string needs to be strong, but not too heavy. 
It is the link between the person and the kite and is the vehicle 
by which the kite can be guided and controlled. The string could 
be compared to the mission society and board which serve to guide 
and direct the missionary. Why, they occasionally even have a re- 
straining influence to keep the missionary on course. 
Another element to kite flying is the kite tail. The tail adds weight to 
the kite and could be seen as a burden, but it aids the kite by giving balance 
and stability. The processes of preparation, education, candidate school, 
language study, and adaption to the culture may seem to be burdensome, 
but they certainly help give the missionary balance and stability. 
The most important factor in kite flying is the wind, however. A perfectly 
equipped kite will not fly without wind. And the most perfectly equipped mis- 
sionary will have no success without the power of the Holy Spirit. It is interest- 
ing to note that in the Scriptures the same word can be translated as either "wind" 
or "spirit." The Greek word (pneuma) is used for both meanings in the New Testa- 
ment (John 3:8). This part of the analogy must be inspired! 
What about the kite itself? Kites are constructed of a paper or plastic "skin" over a 
wooden frame in the shape of a cross. Just as the wooden cross is the strength and sub- 
stance of the kites, so must the cross of Christ be in the strength and substance of the 

When the kite is flying, any design or decoration on its surface is easily seen. That de- 
sign is its "message." The more transparent the "skin" is, the more visible is the cross. The 
missionary also has a message— the gospel of Jesus Christ. If that message is to be clearly seen, 
he needs to be genuine, unfeigned, transparent. 
We can all have a part in flying kites. If you are a kite, be genuine, be strong in the Lord, and 
get an appropriate amount of tail. 
If you are part of the string, be strong, yet flexible. Realize a certain amount of tension comes 
with the position you hold. 

If you are a person holding the string, hold tightly, and pray for a good wind. 
Let's go fly a kite! ■ 


APRIL '83 




by Barbara Hulse and 
Norm Johnson 

"Mary"— have you ever 
wondered at the very special 
way Jesus must have spoken 
that name while standing be- 
fore the empty tomb? Neither 
physical sight nor His previous 
questions had revealed His 
identity, but now as He spoke 
her name, Mary Magdalene 
recognized her risen Lord and 
hurried to do His bidding (see 
John 20:11-18). 

Thankfully, Jesus continues 
to call "Mary." And here and 
there a Mary hears her name, 
recognizes her Lord, and be- 
gins to cling to Him, desiring 
to do His bidding. 

Let us tell you about 
"Mary" (Maria) Eustaquio 
Chagas, 30, married, four chil- 
dren, and resident of Uber- 
landia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

She grew up in a lower 
middle-class home along with . 

five brothers and three sisters. 
Although the family was 
Catholic in name (weddings, 
funerals and baby baptisms by 
a priest), the stronger influ- 
ence on the lives of the Chagas 
family was Spiritism. 

Married at 19, Maria spent 
the next ten years undergoing 
very difficult times. Maria had 
four children. Her husband 
was very irresponsible. He re- 
fused to work on any regular 
basis, and the little money 
that he did earn was often 
spent selfishly on himself. 
When drunk, he frequently 
mistreated both Maria and the 
older children. 

The year 1980 brought an 
additional problem. 

For several months Maria 
did not feel well. Finally in 
July she entered the hospital 
expecting to have gallbladder 
surgery. Doctors found a ma- 
lignant tumor in the liver. Not 
expecting her to live more 
than a matter of days or 
weeks, they put in a drain and 
closed the incision. 

Maria was told that she had 
hepatitis and must rest. She 
was brought to her brother 
Jose's home for several days 
while the family made arrange- 
ments to take her to a cancer 
hospital in Goiania (a city 
(Continued on page Wj 


Two of Maria's four children 

(Continued from page 9) 

about six hours away from 

Jose had a six-year-old son 
who had been going to Sun- 
day school with the Norm 
Johnson family, and this had 
resulted in Norm and Cleo 
having opportunities to share 
from God's Word with Jose 
and his wife, Isaseth. 

Maria's illness caused Jose 
to realize that he needed to 
have a right relationship with 
the Lord, and, of course, he 
desired to help Maria spiritual- 
ly as well. She not only lis- 
tened attentively but also 
began reading the New Testa- 
ment which was given to her. 
It was during these days that 
Maria understood that Christ's 
death was for her personally, 
and she responded with, "Yes, 
Lord, I believe." 

Then came the six-hour trip 
to Goiania. Various exami- 
nations and another explora- 
tory surgery confirmed the 


Isaseth and Jose 

diagnosis and the hopelessness 
of Maria's physical condition. 

Relatives of her husband 
wanted to force her into a 
hopeless spiritual condition, 
also. They took her New 
Testament away from her and 
insisted on some type of Spiri- 

tist ceremony in her hospital 
room. Maria was helpless to 
prevent the ceremony, but she 
was not in agreement with it. 

Returning to Uberlandia, 
Maria began to grow spiritual- 
ly. She had a real hunger for 
the Word, and on Sundays 



FMS Editor's Note: Maria's four children were divided 
\mong tier brothers and sisters. Three of the four at- 
end Sunday school regularly. The fourth child comes 
)ccasionally. Her brother Jose and his wife Isaseth 
vere elected the first deacon and deaconess of the 
•hurch, and Isaseth teaches Sunday school. Another 
jrother, Sebastiao, is also saved and baptized and was 
ecently elected secretary of the church. One of 
Vlaria's sisters frequently attends the church with her 
on. Several other family members have occasional 
•on tact with the church as efforts are made to reach 
hem with the Gospel which became so precious to 
VI aria.) 

when she felt strong enough, 
Jose brought her to Sunday 
school where his family was 
now regular in attendance. 

At home Maria read the 
Bible and other Christian 
books and was very apprecia- 
tive of the frequent visits by 
all the missionary staff. Visits 
always included Scripture 
reading and prayer. Maria 
needed this encouragement 
from the Word. Besides being 
so very ill, her husband had 
abandoned her shortly after 
her return from Goiania, soshe 
suffered emotionally as well as 

It was also hard for her to 
have to be completely depend- 
ent on her brothers and sisters 
to provide food, clothing, and 
daily care for herself and the 
four children. (The church 
family did give some help, 

But a visit to Maria was 
never depressing. We all mar- 

veled at God's grace in giving 
her peace, joy, and hope. She 
was very appreciative and 
never complained. (In fact, she 
always defended her husband.) 

Maria never spoke of the 
pain and nausea as her illness 
progressed, only that she was 
very weak. Occasionally she 
talked of her concern for the 
future of her children, but 
never of concern for herself or 
any fear of death. Her joyful 
assurance of salvation and 
eternal life was a great encour- 
agement to others. 

When she understood the 
biblical teaching of the anoint- 
ing service, she requested to be 
anointed, but her attitude and 
her own prayer during that 
service only requested God's 
perfect will. 

Finally, during the pre- 
dawn hours of February 29, 
Jesus said, "Mary," and Maria 
hurried to answer the call to 
dwell forever with her Lord. ■ 

(Continued from page 7j 

"God's work, done in 
God's way, will not lack God's 
supplies" was the conviction 
of one great missionary. We 
believe it, too. 

Perhaps now our God is 
waiting to see whether we 
will be mired in the defeat of 
an impossible situation or 
move forward in the excite- 
ment of a marvelous oppor- 
tunity. ■ 


Here is the Class of 1983! 
Among the 22 appointees, 
note that two families will be 
starting a work in a new 
field— the Philippines! Pray 
for the 22 as they prepare to 
go and that the Lord will sup- 
ply their financial needs. 

Trevor & Colleen Cralgen 

Dr. Dave & Karen Daughterty 

Central African Republic 
Mrs. Kathy Harrell 

Dr. Jim & Martha Mines 

Central African Republic 
Clay & Kim Hulett 

Buzz & Debbie Inboden 

Chad or Mexico City 
Miss Trudy Kauffman 

Miss Patty Morris 

Stan & Betty Nairn 

Chris & Carolyn Nord 

Doug Ronco 

Central African Republic 
Eric & Debbie Smith 

John & Soni Viers 



APRIL '83 


The Navajo Indian— often 
called "forgotten," shoved 
from the mainstream of life 
into the back country of north- 
ern New Mexico and Arizona, 
and the focus of an important 
ministry of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council 
through the Brethren Navajo 
Mission and Boarding School 
at Counselor, New Mexico. 

Many of these people were 
living in poverty with little 
means of support, poor medical 
facilities, and inadequate edu- 
cational opportunities when 
Miss Dorothy Dunbar began 
the Mission from her tiny 
trailer-home in 1947. Their 
circumstances were often com- 
plicated by superstition, fear 
and spiritual darkness. 

As the Mission work began, 
a Minute Man appeal went out 
to the Brethren Fellowship— 
"Would you like to win a 
pagan Navajo Indian to Christ? 
Of course you would ! " 

The letter, written by Dr. L 
L Grubb, sought help in con- 
structing the first building at 
the Mission. "How much will 
it cost?" he asked. "About 
$5,000," was the response. 

That was the last major 
fund-raising campaign for the 


Multipurpose ] 

by Liz Cutler 

Some cold, winter day, when you drive into the Brethren N 
Mission you might find a group of dedicated Indian athletes pli 
basketball on the outdoor court. Ignoring the cold, biting \a 
they have shoveled the snow off the cement pad into haph; 
heaps along the edge. Their goal for the afternoon is a game o 
ketball and nothing will get in their way, not weather, noi 
heavy clothing they must wear that hinders their movements. 

Even a rainy warm day can cause problems. What do you do 
a classroom of active second graders on a rainy day? (Ask any < 
school teacher.) 

For years, the problem of indoor recreation has been a con 
one at BNM. But the dream of a gymnasium facility may soc 

Plans for a $175,000 multipurpose building were present 
national conference. Designed by Ralph Hall, of Brethren Bui 
Ministries, the structure will be located between the chapel/ 


APRIL '83 


ling Proposed 

building and the original Mission building. The building is part 
eight-year master plan prepared by Mr. Hall at the request of 
lome Mission board. The plan includes the replacement of de- 
ating buildings and continued maintenance of others. 
le multipurpose facility will be an 80- by 1 20-foot steel frame, 
nt block structure. It will include a large gymnasium area with 
ler seating along one side. There will also be locker rooms, rest- 
facilities and a storage area. 

■. Hall is exploring the possibility of using passive solar heating 
s building, making the requirements for supplemental heating 
nal. A skylight or some other form of natural lighting would be 
to illuminate the building during daylight hours, 
instruction is slated to begin early in 1984. But a good portion 
3 $175,000 needs to be raised before that time. 
•. Hall estimates that the total cost of the project can be dras- 
/ reduced if volunteer help is engaged to help complete the con- 
tion. Qualified individuals who are interested should contact 
It 219/267-5161. ■ 

Brethren work among the 
Navajo Indians. Other build- 
ings have been added, but the 
issue of funding was never 
brought before the entire Fel- 
lowship until now. 

The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Board of Directors re- 
cently approved plans for a 
new multi-purpose building at 
the Mission. The structure will 
be a vital part of the school 
activities, providing an area for 
indoor recreation, physical 
education classes, and inter- 
scholastic competition. In ad- 
dition, it will play an impor- 
tant role in the church- 
planting ministry, housing re- 
vival meetings and other com- 
munity activities. 

Cost of the proposed build- 
ing is estimated at $175,000, 
although it may be lower with 
the use of volunteer help. A 
major portion of that money 
must be raised before con- 
struction can begin in early 
1984. For that reason, the 
month of April has been desig- 
nated as Navajo Mission 
Month. Please pray during this 
month that this important 
need will be met. Don't for- 
get the needs of these oft- 
neglected people! ■ 

Coping with 

by Ralph C. Hall, AlA, Architect 

Last year more than eight new Grace Breth- 
ren churches were begun and almost as many 
Bible classes were started in communities new 
to our Fellowship. Opportunities for planting 
new churches are greater today than ever be- 
fore, but the price tag is higher! 

The acceleration of inflationary trends in 
recent years presents increasing challenges in 
planting and developing new churches. Statis- 

tics reveal that today it takes five dollars to 
do what one dollar did just 20 years ago. 

What are some of the factors contributing 
to these rising costs and what can be done to 
cope with them and to continue actively 
planting churches? 

The population is predicted to double by 
the year 2,000. This requires building more 
homes, stores, schools, highways, and chur- 
ches. These needs push land prices higher and 
higher until a church site that cost less than 



Inflation in Church Planting 

$10,000 a few years ago now often carries a 
price tag of $40,000 to $60,000 or more. 

Progress in urban communities require 
properties to be developed when buildings are 
built. Formerly, church parking lots were 
only graveled, waiting to be paved at a future 
time when funds were available. Now, before 
most communities will issue a building per- 
mit, they require that plans include an asphalt 
paved parking area, well lighted and land- 
scaped with curbs and gutters and a concrete 
block wall to screen it from the nearby resi- 
dential areas. 

Our lifestyles have been upgraded. Whereas 
our parents considered central heating almost 
a luxury, now central air conditioning, car- 
peted floors, and padded pews are standard 
fare. The electronic age with facilities for 
taping, radio and television broadcasting all 
contribute to the total cost package. 

For several years, wages have increased an 
average of 10 percent or more each year. 
Higher interest on borrowed capital increases 
the cost of manufactured products as well as 
construction costs. All of these factors com- 
bine to push building costs to the point where 
it takes $5 to do what $1 would build 20 
years ago. 

The recent escalation of fuel and energy 
costs have demanded better quality and more 
energy efficient design of buildings. Double 
glazing, thicker insulation, tighter sealed win- 
dows and doors, and more energy efficient 
mechanical systems all contribute to a higher 
first-cost for buildings. 

A typical home missions church in today's 
economy, accommodating 150 people, face 
costs such as these: 

Land $ 45,500 

Building, 5,000 sq. ft. @$36/sq. ft. .. 180,000 

Site development, parking, etc 37,000 

Furnishings, pews, tables, chairs ... 15,000 
Fees, legal, architect's 1 2 ,500 

Total $290,000 

Assuming the church pays for the land be- 
fore building and finances $240,000 through 
the Brethren Investment Foundation at 9% 

percent interest with a 20-year repayment 
schedule, the monthly payment on the mort- 
gage would be $2,276.50. This building pay- 
ment together with the current expenses, and 
two-thirds of the pastor's salary adds up to a 
required budget of about $1,000 per week 
needed from the local congregation. Home 
Missions adds the other one-third of the 
pastor's salary. For the church to go self- 
supporting they must assume an additional 
$125 per week or a total of $1,125 per week, 
or an annual budget approaching $60,000. 

Some have concluded that the answer is 
just to stop building church buildings or to 
abandon the traditional church in favor of 
small groups meeting in private homes. Such a 
solution fails to properly comprehend the 
total picture. There is an answer which we 
must grasp because inflation is not going to 
go away. Our political leaders only hope to 
slow the rate of increase to an acceptable rate. 

The answer lies in the fact that, while in- 
flation has caused costs to increase, one of the 
contributing factors has been equally rising 
wages. Men who were earning $4,000 to 
$5,000 annually in the early sixties, now are 
earning $20,000 to $25,000 per year. Where 
the husband and wife are working, family in- 
comes of $35,000 to $40,000 and higher are 

The real solution comes when families re- 
main faithful, as many have, in proportionate 
giving. This allows the offering income to 
keep pace with inflated cost and requires no 
greater sacrifice than in former years. Higher 
incomes from two wage earners make it even 
easier to increase the giving. 

Often as incomes rise the giving patterns do 
not increase proportionately. There is the 
temptation to enjoy more personal luxuries. 
It is harder to give larger amounts and easier 
to rationalize why we don't need to do it. 

When the Lord directed Solomon to build 
the temple. He commanded Israel to give of 
their most cherished possessions: gold, silver, 
and precious stones. His house was to be a 
quality facility. Should we be expected to do 
less when we have so much? ■ 


APRIL '83 


Growing Up 

in a country 

church had given 

Joseph Hall a bad taste 
for the pastorate. Perhaps 
the most negative aspect, he 
felt, was how the country pastor 
barely eked out a living. So when 
his teenaged son, Ralph, began 
to talk about entering the 
ministry, he did his best to 
discourage it. 

"He wasn't really enthusias- 
tic about me going into engi- 
neering, either," says Ralph, 
now 57 and director of Breth- 
ren Building Ministries in 
Winona Lake, Indiana. "He 
just wanted me to do whatever 
I wanted to do and to get 
good training." 

While completing his engi- 
neering degree at Ohio State 
University, Ralph and his wife, 
Betty, took a few courses at 
the Columbus Bible Institute. 
The practical classes whetted 
their appetites for further 

Grace Theological Seminary 
in Winona Lake, Indiana, was 
recommended as a good 
school. "We drove out one 
weekend," he recalls. Stepping 
into the Seminary building, on 
a Saturday morning, they met 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, then vice 
president of the Schools, who 
had stopped by for his mail. 
By the time they left, they 
had a school catalog in hand. 

Within a month, they had 
packed their belongings and 
hitched their small mobile 

home onto their car for the 
move to Winona Lake. "I 
came with the idea of going a 
year," Ralph explains. "I en- 
joyed it and decided to stay a 
second year. Dr. Hoyt encour- 
aged me to go ahead and finish 
and by that time we felt led to 
dedicate our lives for Christian 
service, possibly even the pas- 
torate," he adds. 

Although he and Betty were 
excited about the possibility 
of serving with Brethren Home 
Missions, there weren't any 
openings for pastorates when 

he graduated from Seminary 
in 1951 with a M.Div. degree. 
"They (Home Missions offi- 
cials) challenged us to go on a 
self-support basis," the archi- 
tect-engineer recalls. With 
their small children, Nancy 
and Steve, they moved to 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to 
begin the Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church. "I got a job 
as an engineer and worked a 
full 40-hour week, besides car- 
rying the pastoral responsi- 
bilities," he says. 

By the time they left five 



years later, the church had as- 
sumed full responsibility for 
his salary, as well as purchased 
land and begun a building pro- 

In 1960, the Brethren 
Home Missions Council ap- 
proached him with an offer to 
direct the Architectural Serv- 
ice, as it was then called. "It 
was not an easy decision," re- 
calls Ralph. "I really enjoyed 
the pastorate." 

The department was later 
combined with the Brethren 
Construction Crew to form 
Brethren Building Ministries. 
Ralph now oversees projects 
from the initial planning stage 
to the finishing touches. 

More than 20 years later, he 
has no regrets about the move, 
and he has found his experi- 
ences in the pastorate bene- 
ficial. "I think it has helped 
me understand the goals and 

needs of the local church," he 

The Halls now live on 
Wooster Road, Winona Lake, 
Indiana. Betty is a homemaker 
and is involved in WMC work. 
Son, Steve, lives in West Palm 
Beach, Florida. Nancy is mar- 
ried to Richard Bell, Grace 
Brethren Church pastor at 
Dallas Center, Iowa. Grand- 
children David and Debbie 
complete the family. ■ 


APRIL '83 


Month CQ 

Mi}i:iiig the Mortar 

by Michael Clapham 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

Have you ever wondered about what keeps 
families bonded together? I grew up as part of an ex- 
tended family that met every year during the Christ- 
mas holidays in Columbus, Ohio. Usually we would 
gather at my grandfather's farm and exchange gifts as 
well as enjoy delicious meals. With six aunts and 
uncles and more cousins than I could count, it be- 
came quite an annual event. My immediate family 
took part even when we lived in Nashville and Mem- 
phis (Tennessee) before the days of 1-75. Then it 

The Christmas of my twenty-fourth year there was 
no family reunion. That was the year my grandfather 
died. I discovered that he alone was the "mortar" 
that held our extended family structure together. 
Without the patriarch, the bonds which appeared so 
strong in years past began to fade and weaken, only 
memories remained and the mortar crumbled. 

The strength of the entire structure is measured by 
the material which bonds its individual parts. This 
principle applies to spiritual, as well as biological 
families. In John 13-16, Jesus described the kind of 
mortar that He desires for His family. This mortar, 
composed of three ingredients, is able to produce a 
spiritual structure that will not crumble, one that will 
remain until He comes. 

The first ingredient is love. Two recipients of our 
love are mentioned along with the tests to evaluate it. 
First, we are to love "one another" according to 
John 13:34-35. Jesus describes this as a new com- 
mandment. What makes it new is not who we are to 
love, but how we are to love. Love for one's neighbor 
had already been established (Lev. 19:18). It was the 
standard that made this commandment unique. Mem- 
bers of God's family are to love one another even as 
Christ has loved them. 

This kind of sacrificial love is graphically explained 
in John 15:12-13. After repeating the command to 
"love one another, just as I have loved you," Jesus 
indicates the ultimate expression of such love. We 
must be willing to lay down our lives for one another 
to follow Christ's example. 

The second recipient of this active love is Jesus 
Christ. An obedient response to the commandments 
of our Lord indicates when such love is being exer- 
cised (see John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10, 14). Put simply, 
to love Jesus Christ is to obey His Word. When God's 
people sacrificially love one another and obediently 

Pastor Michael Clapham 

respond to the 
Word of Christ, 
bonds begin to 

However, spiritual mortar contains more than one 
ingredient. The second essential component for this 
mixture is contained in the phrase "I will come 
again" in John 14:3. The promise of the Second 
Coming is seldom presented in this light. Many 
times it is our fascination to know what will happen 
tomorrow that urges us to study prophecy. However, 
mere knowledge of future events is not its major pur- 
pose. Prophecy is designed to help us live today in 
light of what will come tomorrow. Christ calmed the 
troubled hearts of His men by declaring He would 
come again (John 14:1-3). As part of the family of 
God, we should exhort one another to live for God 
here and now because of the promised return of His 
Son (see 1 Cor. 15:58; 1 Thess. 4:18; 1 John 3:3). 
The Second Coming reminds us that we are family 
and that we will dwell together with God forever. 

In order to mix mortar one must add water to 
sand and cement. The water serves to activate the 
other two ingredients. The third ingredient of spirit- 
ual mortar is its activating agent as well. To produce 
the proper mixture, all three must be in proper 

While Jesus indicated that He must depart. He 
promised to send another Helper (John 15:26). The 
Holy Spirit has been given to the family of God until 
the return of Jesus Christ. The Spirit represents the 
third and final ingredient of our spiritual mortar. He 
has been given so that we can function as family con- 
sciously aware that we are in the presence of God 
(John 14:16). His purpose is to bear witness of and 
bring glory to Jesus Christ. His presence activates the 
mixture and enables us to be built up into an endur- 
ing structure that will not crumble. 

What kind of mortar do you use at your church to 
unite the family of God? As you mix your mortar 
until He comes, begin with a sacrificial love for the 
Brethren and obedient commitment to the Word, add 
to that a changed life today in light of His return, 
and, finally, activate it with the presence of the Spirit 
working in your midst. If we are faithful in mixing 
the mortar, then our "building" program will bring 
honor to the Lord! ■ 


APRIL '83 


BHIVIC Update 


Pastor Keith Merriman reports that the Orr- 
ville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church closed out 
January 1983 with a new record. On the last 
Sunday of the nnonth, the church saw 141 
people in a morning worship setting a new 
record for the six-month-old church. That eve- 
ning there were 85 people in attendance for a 
communion service. 

The week prior, 84 had attended the mid- 
week service and there had been 26 ladies in 
attendance at WMC. Presently there are 17 men 
attending a discipleship session with 3 of them 
training for eldership. 

"The church is really rejoicing," says an ex- 
cited Pastor IVlerriman. 


The Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, Grace Breth- 
ren Church dedicated their new building with 
two special services on Saturday, April 9. 

Pastor Luke Kauffman of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, Pennsylvania, was 
the special speaker at the 6 and 8 p.m. serv- 

The congregation has been meeting in the 
building since late February, when they formed 
a car caravan from their former meeting place 
one and one-half miles north of the new 

The church is located on Rt. 125, midway 
between Pine Grove and Tremont, Pennsyl- 
vania, in the Echo Valley area. It was designed 
by Ralph Hall of Brethren Building Ministries. 
David Zimmerman was the contractor. 


Nearly 200 Grace Brethren pastors attended 
the 1983 Home Missions Pastors' Conference 
and Workshop held at Columbus, Ohio. 

The conference was held March 8 to 10 and 
featured speakers such as Rev. James Custer, 
Rev. Luke Kauffman, Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Larry 
Chamberlain, and Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

The workshop sessions centered on disciple- 
ship, missions, building churches, and women's 
ministries. Following the theme of "Reproduc- 
ing Our Kind," the week was designed to chal- 
lenge pastors to develop a greater ministry 
among their own people. 

Special sessions were also held for the more 
than 60 wives who attended. 


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Brad Skiles, our director of administration, has asked iVIike 
Clapham (left) of Cincinnati, Olilo; and Jeff Ahlgrim (right) of 
Fort Wayne, Indiana, to join him on a church ministries council to 
plan new helps for pastors. 


to Home 

Ted DeMoss, of Christian 
Businessmen's, estimates that 
90 percent of America's 
businessmen do not know 
Christ as Saviour— his find- 
ings reflect personal involve- 
ment in many cities. 

Our churches know that 
most people around don't go 
to church. 

Is there a plan for chang- 
ing the situation and helping 
people understand and re- 
ceive the grace of Christ? 

The original proposal 
stands. Christ's. 

It is, neighbor reaching 
neighbor. Friend touching 

When you are one of the 
neighbors or friends, and in 
Christ, the inspiration of your 

life should reach over and 
cause people to want to know 
more about what you believe. 
"What accounts for the hope 
you have?" 

Much of our Christian edu- 
cation work ought to have as 
its goal, friendship evangel- 

We are not soaking up 
facts in our Adult Bible Fel- 
lowships so we sleep better. 
We are not gathering informa- 
tion through sermons to pass 
a test. We are not looking 
each other in the eye and 
sharpening iron so we know 
more. We are meeting to- 
gether and teaching and ad- 
monishing and growing to- 
gether so we can have an ef- 
fect on God's world. 

That means our Chri 
education movement in 
church ought to be gear* 
providing opportunities 
welcome friends. 

1. By having adult clasi 
family socials thai 
really fun and rela 
not threatening w 
unchurched people 
come and learn to !■ 
how human and j( 
the people are. 

2. By not putting the 
tor on the hook a 
Lessons and discus 
in classes are not 
how to get peopl 
church so he can pi 
to them, but about 
to build bridges 
friends so we can 

Brightly Shine the Young 

Talk to someone who has been exposed 
to the Timothy Teams, or to a youth who in 
his group at church or at National Youth 
Conference or on an Operation Barnabas 
Team has found the vigor of ministry. 

Talk to someone who has just retur 
from a session with TIME, sharing his lit 
short-term missions work. 

Talk to a parent who has Just had 
youth involved on a CE "Timothy Team. 

And in each case, you will be liftec 
think with joy about the future. 

We are most grateful to have a part in 
destiny and direction of many of our yoi 



Comedian Woody Allen 
tells the story of the lady 
who went to the psychiatrist 
complaining about her hus- 
band who said he was a 

The doctor asked, "Why 
don't you just tell him that 
he's not a chicken?" 

Her answer: "Because I 
need the eggs." 

Why don't you just give up 
on getting along with people? 

I need them. 

So I am called to work out 

peace, not run from people. 

Colossians 3:15 is so clear 
in the context of strife and 
fighting: "Let the peace of 
Christ rule in your hearts, to 
which indeed you were called 
in one body." That verse is 
about love, unity, forgiving, 
and having patience. It's not 
about how to decide God's 
will for your life. 

It's the call to allow peace 
to be the umpire when two 
Christians disagree and God is 
not clear on their issues of 

disagreement. The r( 
then is peace. Since cleai 
trine is not at stake, am 
is not sinning, both si 
seek the peace of God in 

In a marriage, in 
Adult Bible Fellowshi 
church— allow peace to 
pire. This referee will tel 
what you can't say and 
be throw you out of the 

This referee will 
your heart so you are ci 

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in Lhristion ed, youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Tel. 219/267-6622 


By making sure that the 
church calendar is not 
so full that people have 
no time for contact 
with neighbors, relatives, 
and friends. 

By praying not just 
about missions in general 
but about specific mis- 
sionaries—overseas or 
right here in the neigh- 

By seeking to stand 
united as one body, as 
an example. A com- 
munity watches a local 
group of believers to see 
how much beauty comes 
out of their lives but 
also out of the body as 

Let the minutes show that 
our Christian education em- 
phasis includes building each 
other so we can care and have 
something to say to the un- 
believer because we honestly 
love him in Christ. 

Let's take the risk Jesus 
took when he was called a 
friend of winebibbers and sin- 

Let's get our hands a little 
dirtier than they get in the 
sanctuary, by doing the hard 
work of building bridges to 
people who do not know 

Let's use our time together 
to equip each other to share 
our lives, time, and faith. ■ 

to thank you for your financial and prayer support for 
pecial part of our ministry. 

ith Cfiristian Ed and church growth, youth forms the 
leaves of our logo and commitment, 
id you are the one who 
f them healthy with your 
irs and your gifts. Thank 
vrthat. ■ 


— <\0 


Senters to Speak 
at National CE Convention 

Rev. Mark Senter 

Christian Education's 1983 National CE 
Convention, July 31-August 1, will provide en- 
couragement, fresh ideas, and practical helps 
for Sunday school teachers, youth workers, lay 
ministers, pastors, and pastors' wives. 

Featured speakers are Mark and Ruth Senter, 
both active in Christian education ministries. 

After eighteen years of ministering in three 
local churches. Rev. Mark Senter is now an as- 
sistant professor of Christian Education at 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, 

Mrs. Ruth Senter is the author of So You're The Pastor's 
Wife (Zondervan, 1979) and The Seasons of Friendship: A 
Search For Intimacy (Zondervan, 1982). She is contributing 
editor for Today's Christian Woman and Campus Life magazines, 
and has a monthly column in Power For Living 

Together the Senters have hosted a thirteen- 
week television series entitled "Adventures in 
Learning: A Look at the Learner." 

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 
1983 National CE Convention. Watch the 
/Vera/rf for more details. 

Mrs. Ruth Senter 


is referee will read the 
of the game to you each 
nd help you stay within 

b love the world is for 

r> chore. My only prob- 

the neighbor next 

e jingle may have some 
but we need the eggs. 
!ed each other. 
id we need peace. ■ 

"We. AjtaflJlu ooun+ on 

Top 26 Churches 

Giving to Our 1982 General Fund 

1. Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN 

2. Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH 

3. Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, OH 

4. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Tel- 

ford, PA 

5. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, MD 

6. Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washing- 

ton, Temple Hills, MD 

7. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, CA 

8. Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA 

9. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, IN 

10. Grace Brethren Church, Lexington, OH 

11. Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, PA 

12. Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, OH 

13. Community Grace Brethren Church, War- 

saw, IN 

14. Grace Brethren Church, Anchorage, AK 

15. Grace Brethren Church, Rittman, OH 

16. Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, VA 

17. Grace Brethren Church, Norton, OH 

18. Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, PA 

19. First Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, OH 

20. First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, VA 

21. Grace Brethren Church, Kent, WA 

22. Community Grace Brethren Church, Whit- 

tier, CA 

23. Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Alto, Ml 

24. Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, OH 

25. Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, PA 

26. Grace Brethren Church, Conemaugh, PA 



Touch a LIP6 - icuimmaHeaDiPPerence 

"Reach Out and Touch Someone." It can hap- 
pen apart from the phone lines. 

Christian Education ministries are touching 
many lives. And it's making a difference. Here are 
two examples. 

Over 65 students have enrolled in CE's Seminary class. 

Timothy Teams Serve on Weekends 

Seminary Class influences Future IVIinistries 

Each semester Ed Lewis coordinates the teaching of a 
Grace Seminary class on Christian education. A cooperating 
ministry with Grace Schools, GBC Christian Education en- 
joys the opportunity to impact the future ministries of 
seminary students. 

"Thanks for two very fine semesters in ttie ctiurcti ministry 

classes. I am hiappy botti classes came at the end of my 

training. They have in many ways served as a transitional 

bridge between the abstract aspects of seminary training 

and the thrust of our ministry, bringing God's truth to the 

level of those to whom we minister. Thanks." 

Steve Carter 

Lal<e Odessa, Michigan, Timothy Team— one of four teams minister- 
ing during the fall of 1982. 

Our weekend ministry to Grace Brethren churches, 
Timothy Teams bring top quality collegians to four chur- 
ches each semester. Currently four teams of 12 Grace Col- 
lege and Seminary students are working with youth and 
adults at Lansing, Michigan; Leesburg, Indiana; Lima, Ohio; 
and Minerva, Ohio. 

"How can we begin to thank you for sending a group of 

12 young men and women who have left a permanent 

imprint for Jesus Christ upon our church? One father 

who has three teenagers in our youth program, told me, 

'My family will never be the same as a result of the 

impact of the Delaware Timothy Team!' " 

Pastor Jeffrey Gill, Delaware, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church, 
Fall, 1982, Host Church 


APRIL '83: 

TWO-YEAR STUDY COMMITTEE: Left to right, David Plaster, Roger Peugh, Brian 
Smith, Ed Mensinger, Homer A. Kent, Jr., David Miller, Luke Kauffman, John C. 
Whitcomb, Knute Larson, and Ed Cashman. 

Two- Year Study Plan 

The Two- Year Study Committee 
of the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches met recently in 
Winona Lake, Indiana, for three 
days to finalize presentations for 
districts and churches concerning 
the seven questions assigned by 
national conference in 1981. 

The final recommendations will 
be presented to conference at the 
end of July 1983, but only after 
wide distribution, starting now. 

Suggested answers and reason- 
ings behind the recommendations 
have been sent to pastors for use as 
they decide. 

The committee of ten includes 
Chairman Knute Larson, Edwin 
Cashman, Luke Kauffman, Homer 
Kent, Edward Mensinger, David 
Miller, Roger Peugh, David Plaster, 
Brian Smith, and John Whitcomb. 

"The mixing between the mem- 
bers and the input from others in 
our Fellowship have been good," 
said the chairman. "Two of the 
members exchanged ten-page letters 
back and forth a number of times. 
All of us received input from others 
in our districts and from some local 
churches. We studied and collected 
all of the material but allowed the 
Bible its supreme authority." 

The question originally arose 
concerning the FGBCconstitutional 
issue relating to churches that prac- 
tice threefold communion but also 
add separate practices of the bread 
and cup. The constitution states 
that member churches must cele- 
brate "threefold only." This pro- 

voked discussions about our motto 
("The Bible, the whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible"), the biblical 
basis of the "threefold only" limi- 
tation, and the implication relating 
to a church's belief in threefold 
communion when it adds a separate 

Our national Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches is really 
an annual gathering of delegates 
from the churches to do conference 
business. The churches send dele- 
gates and in that sense are members 
of the conference. Local churches 
also comprise district conferences 
by sending delegates. But there is 
no conference hierarchy of bishops 
or district or national leaders who 
have authority over churches. 

Churches voluntarily join the con- 
ference, agreeing to the Statement 
of Faith. This voluntary member- 
ship, as well as the commitment 
that all of us have to honor the 
Bible above tradition or previous 
decisions, creates some of the 
healthy tension that gets us study- 
ing differences relating to the State- 
ment of Faith or the conference 

The question is not so much a 
matter of how wide the circle can 
be in local fellowship or in recog- 
nition of other Christians, but how 
wide the circle of Grace Brethren 
churches can be. 

The proposed answers to each of 
the seven questions are now avail- 
able through local pastors. The 
committee is asking that any re- 
sponses be sent to the committee 
by June 1. At national conference 
the committee wll have a two-hour 
workshop on the Christian Edu- 
cation day of conference, Monday. 
There will also be further presen- 
tation at the business meetings on 
Tuesday and Wednesday. There will 
be an opportunity for conference 
to consider the proposals. 

The committee also calls local 
churches to pray concerning the is- 
sues related to our unity and our 
common commitments. "Unite our 
hearts to fear Thy name" (Ps. 
118:6) has been the prayer of con- 
ference leaders since the concerns 
arose in 1981. ■ 

Questions Assigned to the Committee 

1. What does it mean to be "biblical" rather than 

2. Should our Statement of Faith be a code and 
guideline for pastors as originally intended or a 
check for the churches? 

3. If it is a checkpoint for churches, how is that to 
be enforced? 

4. If a pastor disagrees with the Statement of 
Faith, and his local church agrees with or ac- 
cepts his position, should the district or national 
conference or ministerium react officially? 

5. Does our constitution line up as well as possible 
with biblical principles? Does the limitation 
"threefold only" about communion represent 
clear biblical teaching? 

6. How can we have a better team spirit and sense 
of world mission? 

7. How can we support each other better in mutual 
concerns and mission? 

— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ABOVE ALL love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins 
1 Peter 4,8 NIV 



Mrs Dan (Miriam) Pacheco., 413 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

Rrst Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller. 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress. California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver 
Drive. NW., Roanoke, Virginia 24012 (Tel. 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs Richard (Virginia) Sellers, 3375 Lakeview Or , 
Wooster. OH 44691 (Tel. 216/263-6334) 

Rnancial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman. 602 Chestnut Avenue, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Rnancial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs Thomas (Donna) Miller, Route No. 8, Box 277, 
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, Box 297, War- 
saw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 301 Esplanade, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 (Tel 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Ctiairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, 
Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/335-5188) 


Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

Goal -$10,000 

Deadline -June 10, 1983 

Continuation of raising funds for the new' 

Missionary Residence in Winona Lake, Indiana 

Christian Education 
Goal — $1 .50 per mennber 
Deadline - April 30, 1983 
SMM Girl-of-the-Year Scholarship and sponsorship 
of Director of SMM 

Msstonary Xinhdays 

JUNE 1983 

[If no address is listed, missionaries' addresses can be found on pages 
40 and 41 of the 1983 Grace Brethren Annual,/ 


Rev. Earl Futch June 10 


Rev. Dan Pettman June 14 

Rev. Dan Green June 16 


Rev. Les Vnasdale June 11 

Mrs. Dorothy Goodman June 12 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Lynda Garber June 1 5, 1 969 

Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

Mrs. June Immel June 24 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 


Rev. Tom Julian June 27 


Mrs. Nancy Peugh June 17 

Rev. Roger Peugtr June 17 

Monica Pappas June 18, 1976 


Mrs. Claudia Schrock June 25 


Miss Marie Mishler June 19 


APRIL '83 


Meet Your WMC Officers 

by Triceine Custer 

WMC Second Vice President Program Chairman 

"Great is our Lord and greatly to be praised!" 
"My God shall supply a/I your need according to His 
riches in Christ Jesus our Lord!" "Seek ye first the 
kingdom of God . . . .!" "Come unto me . . . .!" "He 
is my refuge and my strength!" ". . . Early will I seek 

God's Word has been a constant source of strength 
and joy since that first day when I saw with spiritual 
eyes that I needed Jesus Christ as my Saviour. In No- 
vember, 1952, when I was 14 years old, the Lord 
began to speak to me through a dear old pastor at a 
state youth convention. I realized that being involved 
at church was not enough. I needed to ask the Lord 
Jesus to forgive me of my sins, come into my life, and 
change me. 

He did just that! 

I thank the Lord for a committed youth pastor 
during my teen years. He spent time with us, showing 
us by his life what it meant to grow in Christ. I began 
to realize very soon that God wanted my life "full 
time" serving Him. But I didn't know how He would 
fulfill His plan. The molding and firing of God's 
chosen vessels varies according to His unique pur- 
poses. There were many stumbles and painful lessons 
to experience as I was learning to walk according to 
His Word. 

Through friends, I began to attend the Marion 
Avenue Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio. 
The Bible was preached so clearly every service. What 
a joy to feed on His Word. I was thrilled. 

Pastor R. Paul Miller, Jr., and many wonderful 
ladies at Marion Avenue were a great example and en- 
couragement to me. God was working His plan. He 
led me to a greater commitment of my life to Him 
publicly on a Sunday in July. So many events led up 
to this "breaking" and "yielding" experience. 
Through these events. He confirmed decisions and 
flooded my soul with His peace. 

Within weeks He revealed an "old acquaintance" 
as the one who was to be my life partner and hus- 
band, Jim Custer. In November 1961, the Lord 
opened our eyes and hearts to each other, and we 
knew it was His will for us to serve Him together. We 
were married on August 25, 1962, and moved to 
Winona Lake, Indiana, to finish seminary. 

After graduation, we seriously prayed for God's 
direction regarding foreign missions. The mission 
field, particularly Africa, was a real challenge to us. 
God has never released us from the burden and love 
for missions. However, He led us into a pastorate. 
During the next four years we learned about minister- 
ing to people's needs, while we were personally grow- 
ing in our service to Him. My husband searched out 
scripturally everything he had been taught from child- 

Mrs. Triceine Custer 

hood through seminary. The truths of God's Word be- 
came deeply confirmed in his mind and heart. 

God also gave us a year of traveling with the Breth- 
ren Board of Evangelism. During these months, I 
learned God's sufficiency while my husband was gone 
for several weeks at a time. 

In May 1968, we accepted the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio. The con- 
gregation was young and growing. It was a difficult 
decision for us to make. We felt the Lord wanted us 
in evangelism and had planned to travel in a trailer 
until our first son had reached school age. But God's 
plan was different. He had a different kind of evangel- 
ism in mind for us, and He convinced us of His will. 

We were excited about this new challenge and still 
are excited about it. It's been a joy to see men, 
women, and children come to Christ and grow to 
maturity. Many have gone into full-time Christian 
work as pastors, pastors' wives, missionaries, and 
Christian school workers. Praise the Lord! That's one 
of the special blessings of pastoring a congregation for 
a long period of time. We've been in the Columbus 
church for 15 years. Lord willing, this summer, we 
will move into a new sanctuary that will seat 3,500 

"Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt 
his name together" (Ps. 34;3). This has been our goal 
since our wedding day. It hasn't always been easy, 
but God has always given me a deep assurance of His 

The Lord has given us three wonderful children- 
Daniel, 15; Timothy, 13; and Johanna, 12. They are 
real team supporters, because that's what we are— a 
team serving the Lord as a family. 

When I was asked to consider the opportunity of 
being national WMC second vice president or program 
chairman, I asked my husband for his advice. His re- 
sponse was, "That's great. I think you ought to ac- 
cept." So it's been my joy to serve you and the Lord 
in that capacity for the last four years. 

It is my sincere desire that every Brethren lady: 1 ) 
become challenged and excited about missions; 2) be- 
come involved in the lives of our Grace Brethren mis- 
sionaries; 3) be aware of what God is doing around 
the world; and 4) grow in the grace and knowledge of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

God has used WMC through the years to help build 
missionary vision in our local churches. Praise the 
Lord for women who are committed to missions. 


APRIL '83 



During the month of May, why not send your 
BSLVers a cheerful note telling them that you 
are praying for them during the last few weeks 
of school. Many will have term papers and 
exams during May. 

idaunted Hope, the story of pioneer missionary 
mes Gribble, will be reprinted with these funds. 
lis book is an exciting, inspirational, and chal- 
iging missions story. 





Due May 15, 1983 

Goal: $3,000 

Revolving fund for Grace 

Brethren Missionary Literature 

Exciting missionary stories and books 
waiting to be published, but no money 
is currently available. 

If each WMC lady gave $1.50, our goal 
would be met! 

"During the time in which they lived in the 
company's house and in tents, they found their 
dangers greatly increased by the depredation of 
man-eating leopards. Carnot had been a hard- 
fought battlefield during the struggle between 
the Germans and the French, and the leopards 
had been given the taste of human blood by 
feasting on the bodies of the dying. 

"There were reported to be two kinds of 
leopards, those of the bush and those of the 
village, commonly called human leopards. The 
so-called human leopard is found only in can- 
nibal tribes and is under the power of the 

"For several nights after wounding a man, 
the exasperated leopard returned in search of 
prey. On two successive nights he prowled upon 
the veranda, even scratching at the doors where 
the missionary children lay sleeping. 

". . . Shortly after they had moved within 
the walls of a bamboo shelter, the leopard 
which had killed so many, was killed. 

"The death of the leopard was accompanied 
by a revelation of the density of spiritual dark- 
ness in the land. There seems to be a very close 
affinity between the leopard of the bush and 
the leopard of the village. A man who consents 
to become a human leopard has the direction of 
the leopard in the bush. He exerts sufficient 
power over the beast to control his movements, 
causing him to visit those whom the man wishes 
to annoy. This power, of course, is satanic. 

"When a man, however, consents to receive 
this diabolical power, he covenants with the 
devil to die simultaneously with the leopard. 
The night our leopard died, his human counter- 
part (demon-possessed) died in a village not far 
from Carnot." ■ 

(Also waiting to be printed is the life story of 
Estella Myers, written by l[/liss Ruth Snyder.) 


APRIL '83 


A Tour to Remember 

by Kim Kyle 

Two and a half weeks of travel, concerts, fellow- 
ship, sightseeing, ministry and spiritual growth: these 
are just a few of the things that made the 1983 Re- 
sounding Brass Eastern Tour a memorable event. 

The Brass ensemble of nineteen students, two 
faculty members, and a tour coordinator traveled 
seventeen days, performing in Pennsylvania, New 
York, New Jersey and Maryland. The demanding 
schedule took the group to public and private schools 
in the mornings and afternoons, with concerts in 
churches in the evenings— a total of thirty-one con- 

Brass members often had to unload instruments 
and luggage, set up, perform, disassemble, and reload 
the bus two or three times a day. They stayed with 
families from the churches and were often up late, 
only to rise early for another busy day. 

Comments from the group indicated that although 
they were sometimes tired, they found the tour to be 
more rewarding than a physical drain. French horn 
player Mary Krenrick explains: "At first, it was tiring 
with all the time demands you have to meet. But it was 
definitely more rewarding than draining. It was neat 
to be able to lead people in a service of worship, and 
to direct my own thoughts to the Lord while I was 
playing the music." 

Sandy Sacher, who has played french horn in the 

group for four years, thought the tour was spiritually 
demanding. "I don't remember getting tired at all this 
time," she said, "but I constantly had to be spiritual- 
ly on top of it in order to minister to a group of 
people. It was encouraging just to see the lives we 
were able to uplift. People had tears in their eyes, we 
had affected them so deeply." 

Rick Stewart, a trumpet player, thought the con- 
certs were enriching. "I know we must have encour- 
aged the Christians in the public high schools." Trom- 
bone player Dan Black said: "I learned to be patient 
with people that I worked with and how important 
it was for us to play. I could tell that people really 
saw the Lord through us as we were witnessing." 

Trumpet player Rick Stair agreed, "The farther we 
got into the tour, the more it hit me that we weren't 
just giving a concert. We were leading a worship serv- 
ice and the responsibilities that go with it. Instead of 
seeking applause, it was better to see the people sit 
back and think about what we were saying." 

The group traveled in two vans with the equip- 
ment in a cadet bus. That's a lot of togetherness! In 
the weeks prior to tour. Brass Chaplain Rick Stewart 
reviewed the biblical principles of confrontation in 
group devotions. During the tour he challenged mem- 
bers daily with a phrase from 1 Corinthians 13, the 
love chapter, to apply to their lives and relationships. 

He chose these topics because "they're the hardest 


APRIL '83 



Assistant Professor of Music 
Birthdate: April 11, 1948 
Salvation: November 1964 
Education: B.M. witli Distinction, Eastnnan 
School of Music 
M.M.E., North Texas State 

Ph.D. In preparation. North 
Texas State University 
Favorite Biblical Books: John, Acts 
Favorite Scripture: "Let everything that hath 

breath praise the Lord" (Psalm 150:6). 
Favorite Topics of Dicussion: Music (brass 
instruments— construction, history and 
performance practices). 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Trumpet 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: August 1980 
Marriage: August 3, 1976, to Rexann Shelton 
Children: Jennifer (22 months) 
Hobbies: Playing trumpet 
Latest Accomplishment: Finishing first draft 
of Ph.D. dissertation 

to practice in a group situation. When you are always 
together, personality conflicts arise. You must deal 
with them when they come." 

Mary laughs, "I always learn about myself in re- 
lating with other people. It was neat learning to love 
the other members of the group and grow in my rela- 
tionships with them." Trombone player Dave Benson 
explains: "The unity of this group was evident in the 
quality of music that we played. People can see if 
something is wrong in a group. Anytime you spend 
seventeen days with a number of people in a close 
situation, you really learn both the good and the bad. 
This causes you not only to know them, but to ac- 
cept them and to like them for who they are. There- 
fore, the friendships we made are stronger than 
usual." Other tour members commented that the 
devotions were a constant encouragement to watch 
over and be considerate of each other, and helped to 

understand how relationships can be built in a prac- 
tical way. 

Director Professor Dennis Herrick was pleased 
with the devotions, stating that "the theme was par- 
ticularly fitting for a tour situation. They were good, 
well planned, and well received by the group. I think 
they all acted on them." 

"Special Days" played an equally important part 
in individual growth and group unity. Each day, two 
or three tour members were singled out for their 
Special Day. Other members of the group each tried 
to do something special for those singled out as a 
tangible expression of love and concern. Professor 
Herrick said, "I thought the Special Days were a very 
good idea. In looking for ways to be nice to people, 
we often found ways that we could be helpful on 
days other than the Special Days." 

For the members of the Resounding Brass, the 
1983 Eastern Tour holds many unforgettable 
moments, such as performing at Milton Hershey 
School, seeing old friends, skiing at "Greek Peak," 
watching Niagara Falls at night, sharing during group 
devotions and Special Days. This unique opportunity 
of ministering to others developed a unity that will 
last in their memories for years to come. ■ 


^M^m^ sow 


A Blessing to Grace Schools 

IN 1982 

OVER 196 












Development Office 


200 Seminary Drive 

Winona Lake, IN 



APRIL '83 


Grace College maintenance 

team. Terry Howie is 

second from the left on 

the first row. 

Terry Ho^wie 

A surprise visitor in IVIcClain Auditorium— gift of energetic 
students. Such events lend comic relief to Terry's job as Director 
of Security. 

"Sometimes I have to play the 'bad 

guy' but there are times when I have 

my fun too!" 

"Deputy Dog," "Der 
Fuhrer," and "Wyatt Earp," 
are just a few of the name tags 
affectionately given by the 
students to Terry Howie, the 
Director of Security at Grace 
College and Seminary. Usually, 
when anyone notices him, it is 
because he has a job to do. 
That job involves keeping 
order and maintaining the wel- 
fare of everyone on the Grace 

Terry Howie (B.A. '68, 
S'72X) is conscious of the 
stigma that is attached to his 
position as director of secur- 
ity; however, that stereotype 
has not altered his philosophy 
of ministry in a very vital role 
in the total ministry of Grace 

Working under the direction 
of the dean of students, Terry 
is responsible for traffic flow 
and parking maintenance (at 
times there are up to 600 cars 
on campus), safety measures 
in the case of natural disasters 
(and sometimes man-made dis- 
asters), working with the local 
protection agencies, and 
making sure that the Grace 
campus is functioning proper- 
ly and smoothly as a whole. 


APRIL '83 

(Continued on next page) 

Pranks are a common part 
of college life, and Terry is 
certainly one of the first to 
admit it. Over the years, very 
few pranks have gone un- 
noticed by Terry. He states, "I 
enjoy the pranks probably just 
as much as those who commit 
them. Sometimes I have to 
play the 'bad guy,' but there 
are times when I have my fun, 
tool" Cars in the chapel, no 
chairs in the Dining Commons, 
gold fish in all the restrooms, 
and bells ringing are a matter 
of routine for the director of 
security at Grace Schools. 

He views even the tough 
times as his responsibility, to 
help the students accept 
authority and regulations that 
will prepare them for life out- 
side the Grace campus. 

Terry has given 15 years of 
his life and energy to Grace. 
The ministry of Grace Schools 
involves people, and these 
people are all integrally in- 
volved in aspects of his minis- 
try. He and his wife, Carolyn 
(Witzky, B.S.'69), and three 
children live in Winona Lake. 

Pray for Terry, his work 
and his impact on those Chris- 
tian young people entrusted to 
our care. 

Four Fun-Filled Days 
Through Wild, Wet Wonderful West Virginia 

Departure: Bradley, West Virginia, July 1, a.m. 
Return: Bradley, West Virginia, July 4, p.m. 

Total cost: $100 (includes tent, food, sleeping bags, etc.) 
Bring yourself— everything else will be provided. 

Devotions and Sunday Worship Service 

On the river, provided by the Alumni Association. 


Write; Grace Alumni Association 

200 Seminary Drive 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Or call: 219/267-8191 for more information 

The "L-Club" is an 
integral part of the ath- 
letic program at Grace Col- 
^^^^v^^^^Y^'^^ '^9^- L- Club contributions made 

^■IBi^^SK&R^ ^^ Grace alumni and friends provide 

HKNv^^^^^^ many of the needed items which the 

^flK^^Bfl '^ budget won't stretch far enough to include. 

V '^Ji^^ Yearly membership levels (which run from 

September 1 through August 30) will be the Win- 
ners' Club ($50); Lancer Hundred ($100); and the new 
giving level. Honorary Captain ($250). The Honorary Captain 
level will enable you to get a Grace College L-Club jacket and 
tickets to home NAIA and NCCAA playoffs for which Grace might 
qualify. Other L-Club benefits; %/Program/Yearbook ^Newsletters 
/Season passes to all Grace athletic events \/Participation in L-Club 
activities (banquet) /Entrance to Lancer Hospitality Room at home basket- 
ball games /Tickets to the Turkey Tournament 


Dr. Bruce Auchard 

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Byrd 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daugherty 

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Frantz 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haring 

Mrs. Lydia Kulda 

Dr. Richard Nichols 

Mr. and Mrs. David Sharrock 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Vaughn 

Dr. and Mrs. John Whitcomb 

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Woodring 

For your convenience, contributions do not necessarily have to be given in one sum. For more information on how you can be a 
vital part of Grace College athletics, contact Phil Dick in the athletic department. 


Rev. Daniel 
Ramsey and his 
wife, Oenise 

DRev. Daniel 
Ramsey, now a 
nnissionary in 
Germany, was or- 
dained to the 
Christian minis- 
on March 21, 
1982, at the Grace 
Brethren Church, 
Canton, Oh io. 
Rev, David Plaster, pastor of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN, was the speaker. A 
reception in honor of Mr. Ramsey was given by the 
church. The day was completed by the Ramseys' 
local commissioning to the field in Germany. Rev. 
Jesse Deloe was the representative of Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Society. 

Rev. Lester Kennedy and 
his mothe 

DMrs. Minnie Kennedy 
was honored with a sur- 
prise birthday party on 
her eighty-third birth- 
day by the Senior WMC 
of the First Brethren 
Church of Buena Vista, 
VA. Mrs. Kennedy is a 
retired missionary and 

resides at Grace Village in Winona Lake, IN. At the 
time of her birthday, she was visiting her son and 
family. Her son. Rev. Lester Kennedy, is pastoring 
the Buena Vista First Brethren Church. 

clianae ycui annual 

Lee Burns, 4711 Bollenbacher Ave., Sacramento, CA 
95838 / James T. Elwell, 366th CSG/HC, Mt. Home, 
ID 83648 / Emlyn Jones, 408 Lufberry, Selfridge 
Ang Base, Ml 48045 / Robert MacMillan, 644 Rals- 
ton St., Ventura, CA 93003 (Tel. 805/642-9372). All 
mail for the Grace Brethren Church of Ventura 

should be sent to this address also. The church tele- 
phone number is 805/656-3130 / Gary Nolan, 
33561 Marlinspike Dr., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
(Tel. 714/493-8460). All correspondence should be 
sent to Pastor Nolan, Coast Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church, P.O. 6903, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. 

DThe 1983 Brethren National Youth Conference 
promotional slide/tape is available. Any churches or 
groups desiring to have the slide/tape, please write to 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 
46590, and request desired date. No rental fee. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
Gaudette, Barbara, January 19. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Melcher, Grace, May 22. She had been a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, WA. John Mcintosh, pastor. 
Rasbach, Helen Frances, 54, member of the Riverside 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Tvuo of her brothers. 
Revs. Russell Ogden (Lanham, MD) and Donald Ogden 
(Winona Lake, IN), participated in the memorial service. Don 
Rough, pastor, officiated. 

Sharpe, Ethel Irene, November 19. She had been a charter 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, WA. John 
Mcintosh, pastor. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

The following marriages were solemnized at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor: 
Robin Price and Mark Davis, November 13 
Kathryn McClendon and Ed Trenchard, November 27 
Barbara Williams and Mike Weidemann, December 4 
Linda White and David Chamberlain, December 18 
Ruth Douglas and John Bridges, January 4 
Debra Smith and Roderick Lee, January 7 
Amanda Albright and Timothy Flynn, January 8 
Regina Szulc and Paul Copeland, January 15 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Bretliren Annua/ is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 


MAY .1983 



Heiiie Missions^ G^^ 
Reaches Out page 4 

Build yotir otith Vatiean 

by Charles W. Turner 


This has been called the Do-lt- 
Yourself Age. We seek to build our 
own houses, repair our own cars, 
fix the plumbing and get the tele- 
vision fixed by some other method 
than the kick or hit-with-fist meth- 
od. I have not had great success with 
this Do-lt-Yourself craze. If it is the 
auto, I am out of ideas after I kick 
the tires and slam down the hood. I 
once had a radio come on again after 
a gentle tap with my fist— fortu- 
nately, that's all it required! 

Now along comes an idea that 
just might be something that will fit 
my abilities. There is a series of 
books published which is called the 
World At Your Feet Series. There 
are now ten of these best sellers. 
They are really "cut and assemble" 
books, and some of their titles are 
Build Your Own Empire State 
Building, Taj Mahal . . . and Japa- 
nese Pagoda. All you need is the 
book, an X-acto knife, glue and 
time and, incidentally, patience. It 
does not say how much patience is 
required to complete the work. I 
know where to buy the X-acto 
knife, glue, and I can find a couple 

of free hours, but the patience is 
the hardest commodity to find. The 
pieces are all clearly numbered, and 
there are step-by-step instructions, 
all printed on card-weight stock in 
authentic colors. 

The offer to Build Your Own 
Vatican assures you that all pieces 
needed to construct an exquisitely 
detailed replica of St. Peter's Basilica 
are in the packet and the price is 
right-$8.95, 40 pages, ISBN: 
0-399-50743-4. So there it is! Does 
everyone, or even anyone, really 
want to build his own Vatican? 
There probably are some uses for 
the Sunday-sleep-in guy who wants 
his own church at home. He will 
not have far to go to get there. An- 
other person could be the world 
traveler who does not want to leave 
home. Maybe the personal Vatican 
is for the person who has every- 
thing. I have a couple of friends 
who have never really been very 
fond of the Vatican and they are 
certain that the antichrist is going 
to emerge from its confines. They 
might be able to construct their 
own and then jump up and down 
on it, thus venting their frustration 
and helping the cause of the Lord 
at the same time. It is understood 
that this is not recommended by 
Alan Rose who wrote the book and 

provided the assembly materials. 

So the temptation to send for 
one of the books was not great in 
my case. The thought of Build 
Your Own Empire State Building 
did pass through my mind. Owning 
my own Empire State Building has 
some appeal. However, I passed up 
the whole deal for a bid on the 
Brooklyn Bridge, which I under- 
stand is for sale. 

The pride of possession is one of 
the faults in all of us. The hope 
that happiness will result from hav- 
ing many possessions is an age-old 
fallacy. Each generation has had its 
special attraction. The glitter of 
gold from the early days has been 
in evidence. Solomon collected 
great lots of it along with his many 
wives. Neither situation worked out 
too well for him or for others. 
Others have sought health as the 
ultimate goal and still others have 
sought expensive homes in ideal 

So before you send your $8.95 
to get your own Empire State 
Building, Taj Mahal, Japanese Pa- 
goda or a Vatican, be assured they 
are as frail as the paper from which 
they are made. True possession of 
righteousness, happiness, godliness, 
and security, all come from the 
Chief Cornerstone— Jesus Christ. ■ 





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It's a Small World 



The Attitude of Gratitude 



Nine New Points Approved by BHMC Board 



1982 Record of Giving 

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35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Dear Mr. Turner: 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Gleaned from the Foreign Board Meet- 

1 wanted to tell you how much 1 ap- 

ings—notes that allowance was $600.00 per 

preciated your editorial about the challenge 

Editor, Charles Turner 

adult per year f 

or the four years of service. 

of educating our young people. School per- 

Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 

and $1,200 per year at home. The children's 

sonnel across the nation are facing tremen- 

Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 

allowances were $150.00 a year at home 

dous obstacles to provide quality education. 

Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 

and on the field. Allowances for residence 

Indeed, they deserve our thanks, especially 

Departmental Editors: 

and living quarters at home were $20.00 

those Christians that are serving in so many 

Christian Education: 

per month per a 


diverse ways. 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 

Having been in both public and Chris- 

Foreign Missions: 

25 YEARS AGO - 1958 

tian education, 1 have a high regard for all 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Prayers have been answered for new 

who will dedicate their lives for the positive 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

workers in France. Rev. Tom Julian and 

welfare of young people. From a personal 

Mike Ostrander 

wife, Doris, and their one-and-one-half year- 

standpoint, it is encouraging to see teachers 

Grace Brethren Men: 

old daughter were scheduled to sail for 

in Christian schools recognize that teaching 

Harold Hollinger 


is much more than just a job. It is a ministry 

Grace Schools: 

which demands every ounce of dedication. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

loyalty and skill available. How true that the 

Denny Brown 

Rev. Larry 

Gegner resigned as pastor of 

child learns first from the character of the 

Home Missions: 

Indian Heights 

Grace Brethren Church, Ko- 

teacher and only then does he learn the 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

komo, Indiana, 

to join the staff of the Grace 

academic material that is involved.— /nd/ana 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 

Nora Macon 

Temple Hills, Maryland. 

Cover photo: H. Armstrong Roberts 





by Tim Coyle, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Newark, Delaware 

The Harry Brautjgam Family 

Today in any of our larger 
churches it would not be sur- 
prising to find a sprinkling of 
people from other countries 
and ethnic groups. Nor in this 
day of international corporate 
conglomerates would it be un- 
usual to see someone trans- 
ferred not just to another 
community, but to another 
country as well. This is hap- 
pening all the time. 

What about in a smaller 
church? Surely we would not 
expect to find this kind of 
international flavor in a Home 
Missions church. Yet, this has 
been the experience of the 
Grace Brethren Church in 

Newark, Delaware, almost 
from its beginning. 

One international family in 
the Newark Grace Brethren 
Church is the Harry 
Brautigams. Although Marilyn 
is originally from near Chicago, 
Illinois, Harry is from Nicara- 
gua. They met while attending 
college in England and later 
settled down in his native 
country. However, they real- 
ized they would have to leave 
the country as the Sandinista 
government leaned more and 
more towards Communism. 
With a Ph.D. in Agricultural 
Economics, Harry accepted a 
teaching position at the Uni- 

versity of Delaware. The 
family began to attend the 
GBC in the spring of 1980, 
shortly after moving to 

Although Harry does not 
attend as regularly as Marilyn 
and their children, mainly due 
to his Roman Catholic back- 
ground, we have become good 
friends, and often jog together. 
Marilyn plays a leading role in 
our nursery program and our 
ladies' ministries. Through the 
Brautigams we have had the 
pleasure of having several of 
their family members and 
other Latin Americans with us 
in our services. 


The T. S. Bhat Family 

The T. S. Bhats first at- 
tended our church in August 
1980, after moving to this 
country from their homeland 
of IVlalaysia. The next week, T. 
S., Pearl, and their daughter 
Eleanor, all trusted Jesus 
Christ as their Saviour. 

Pearl is of Chinese descent 
and came from a Buddhist 
home. However, she attended 
a Catholic school. There she 
loved all that she heard about 
Jesus, yet she had never been 
presented with the need or the 
opportunity to receive Him as 
her personal Saviour. T. S. was 
what he calls a "free thinker." 
The grandson of an Indian 
Sikh priest, he had been ex- 
posed to practically all the 
major world religions, as many 
are practiced there. (Islam is 
the national religion in Malay- 
sia.) However, he had not 

committed himself to any one 
of them. At the same time, he 
realized that only one of them 
could be the true way because 
they all contradicted each 
other. Eleanor also was very 

It was obvious that God had 
prepared their hearts. When 
they heard the Gospel clearly 
presented, they each prayed to 
receive Christ as their Saviour. 
Now they share that, although 

unknown to them at the time, 
God brought them to America 
so that they might come to 
know Him. 

Ever since accepting Christ, 
the Bhats have been a very 
faithful and active part of our 
church. T. S. has been through 
a two-year men's discipleship 
program. A year ago. Pearl had 
the opportunity to visit her 
family in Malaysia after her 
foster father suffered a severe 

(Continued on page 6) 

The Dick Hudson Family 

iBHIVICmaY 83 6 i 

(Continued from page 5) 

Stroke. She prayed with him 
daily, and he began to improve. 
As a result, her family wanted 
to know more about the God 
who she worshiped. Because 
of what she shared, they 
promised to cease idol worship. 
She had many opportunities 
to share her faith with many 
family members, including her 
sister who accepted Christ and 
is now attending a Bible- 
believing church in Malaysia! 
To each, she also gave a 
Chinese Bible. We praise the 
Lord that we have been able 
to see this seed sown and fruit 
reaped in this manner halfway 
around the world. 

Not only have we seen 
people come into our church 
from around the world, but 
we have also seen some leave 
to go beyond the seas. Major 
Dick Hudson, who served with 
the U. S. Army, was stationed 
in Delaware for three years. 
Dick has a Grace Brethren 
background. (As a young boy 
in Fremont, Ohio, Dr. Lester 
E. Pifer, executive secretary of 
the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, was his pastor.) 

We knew that the Hudsons 
would not be with us indefi- 
nitely, yet they became a vital 
part of our church. In fact, 
Dick and his wife, Judy, were 
among the first deacons and 
deaconesses. He has also been 
through the men's discipleship 

We hated to see them go 
and they didn't want to leave. 
Yet, when he received confir- 
mation of his transfer to West 
Germany last summer, we 
knew God was fully in control. 
Therefore, when the time for 
their departure came, we didn't 
just let them go, but we sent 
them. Their biggest prayer 
prior to leaving was that they 
would find Christian friends 
and a Bible-believing church in 
which to worship in Germany. 

Shortly after their arrival there, 
they wrote that God had 
dropped them right in the 
middle of a large group of 
born-again believers at their 
base and the chaplain was a 
man who preached the Word 
of God! Dick is now choir 
director, adult Sunday school 
teacher, and leads a weekly 
Bible study in their home. 
Both have a vision of reproduc- 
ing themselves spiritually in 
the lives of others, and we 
look forward to see how God 
will continue to use them in 

The Hudsons have also be- 
come our personal liaisons with 
David and Kathy Manduka, 
Brethren missionaries who our 
church helps support. Dick 
and Judy have talked of re- 
turning to Newark to become 
involved again with our church 
when his assignment in Ger- 
many is complete. We would 
dearly welcome them back, 
but for now we know that 
God wants to use them right 
there in Germany. 

Why our church has such an 

international involvement, we 
are not sure. It may, in part, 
be due to Mary, my wife, be- 
ing of Chinese descent. Al- 
though she was born and 
reared in this country, both of 
her parents came from China. 
Perhaps her presence is a signal 
to all who come that they, 
too, would be welcome. How- 
ever, the answer probably goes 
further than that. We have al- 
ways believed ". . . there is no 
distinction between Greek and 
Jew, circumcised and uncir- 
cumcised, barbarian, Scythian, 
slave and freeman, but Christ 
is all and in all" (Col. 3:11 
NASB). We desire to be used 
of God to reach everyone and 
anyone that we possibly can, 
and we praise God that He has 
blessed us with the richness of 
variety in people He has given 
us. Indeed it is a small world, 
and seems to be shrinking all 
the time. As in the first cen- 
tury, we must strive to make 
disciples of all nations. Ironi- 
cally, the process sometimes 
begins right at our own door- 
step. ■ 

Pastor Tim and Mary Coyle 


MAY '83 


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The Attitude of Gratitude 

by John Gillis, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Eagle River, Alaska 

I was seven. A man had just given me a pot 
metal piggy bank in the shape of a refrigerator. 
iVly mother was there. Leaning over me, she 
said, "And what do you say to the nice man?" 
I replied, "Thank you, sir." 

I can remember it as though it were yester- 
day. In fact, I can remember numerous times 
my mother saying, "And what do you say?" 
the constant reminder to say "Thank you." 

Now, I wasn't the mean little kid that some 
folks, like my sister, thought I was, but I was 
forgetful. Most children are forgetful. It takes 
a lot of persistent reminding to get the proper 
manners we want and expect. I can now look 
back and see I did the same prompting to my 

Is it important to say "thank you"? Or is it 
passe? I think it is important and so does 
God! In fact, the matter of saying "Thank 
you" or demonstrating an attitude of grati- 
tude is taught throughout the Bible. The word 
"thanks," or forms of it, appears some 138 
times. It is often used in connection with im- 
peratives, as though God were saying it would 
not just be nice if an attitude of gratitude 
were displayed, but it is absolutely re- 
quired of those who love Him. God tells 
us in the New Testament to "be anxious 
for nothing but in everything by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving let 
your requests be made known to God" 
(Phil. 4:6). We are also instructed to be 
"rooted and built up in Him and estab- 
lished in the faith . . . abounding with 
thanksgiving" (Col. 2:7). 

God has done so much for us, given 
so much to us, it's no wonder we are 
required to be thankful— but are we? 
Well, yes, most would say "yes, we're thank- 
ful," but like children we need to be reminded 
to say it, express it, demonstrate it and even if 
the Lord knows we're thankful, does anyone 

This may be the reason there are so 
many reminders to say "thank 
you" in the Bible. Saying 

thank you is not natural; it often does not 
come easily. Interestingly enough, the lack of 
thanksgiving or gratitude is associated with 
the natural, or once-born man, and so associ- 
ated with the vilest of sins. A quick look at 
Romans 1 :21 and 2 Timothy 3:2, would bear 
this out. But surely, born again folks say 
thank you, don't they? 

The sad answer— some but not all. "Thank 
you" is not said enough and most of all not 
demonstrated enough. An attitude of grati- 
tude is not all that prevalent in our churches 
or our homes. We have complaining, griping 
and unhappy Christians all around us, and, 
dare I say it, we do our share; we're all guilty. 
What can be done? 

God has given His Word. It teaches it re- 
peatedly and we believe it, but perhaps, like 
my mother, we need to start persistently re- 
minding one another to say thank you, to 
demonstrate an attitude of gratitude in all 

I have very fond memories of my grand- 
father on the farm in Alabama. One of those 
memories was his prayer over a meal at the 
table. He always prayed the same prayer, so I 
quickly had it down pat. But, it was not until 
I was a Christian and studying this matter of 
gratitude that his prayer took on new mean- 
ing. He prayed, "Lord, give us thank- 
ful hearts for this food. Amen!" I 
realize now he wasn't always thank- 
ful, but recognized he needed to 
be. God was the only one 
who could change a heart 
or an attitude and 
make it respond 
properly. I must 
confess, I have 
learned to pray 
my grand- 
father's prayer, 
m y 


MAY '83 


served macaroni and cheese. It's just not my 
favorite dish, and I've had difficulty saying I 
was thankful. 

Some years ago, we had taken a group from 
church to Disneyland. As we returned home 
in the wee hours of the morning, we stopped 
for a bite to eat. I was driving a big yellow 
Buick, 1968 vintage, you know, the one that 
looked like it was doing 70 standing still. 
Well, I carefully parked that car 50 feet from 
the nearest vehicle to be sure I didn't lose any 
paint. We were all happily eating and swap- 
ping tales when a man came in and asked in a 
loud voice, "Who owns the yellow Buick out- 
side?" My heart sank. I identified myself as 
the owner (me— and the bank) and asked what 

was wrong. He said he had just backed into 
my car, crushing the right rear fender panel. 

Everything and everyone got very silent- 
then a thin teenage voice piped up, "Praise 
the Lord, Pastor Gillis, praise the Lord." I had 
taught it well. Praise Him in all things, be 
thankful in all things. It came home to roost! 

i realized my countenance was not reflect- 
ing praise or thanks. My teenage friend was 
right. I needed to be thankful— not that the 
car was damaged, but that no one was in it to 
be hurt. Thank the Lord for my teenage 
friend who had heard the sermons and now 
was encouraging her pastor to demonstrate it. 
Be thankful. Demonstrate an attitude of grati- 
tude! ■ 

Home Missions Workshop in Review 

The 1983 Home Missions Pastors' Conference and Workshop is now history. Nearly 200 
pastors and wives gathered at the Grace Brethren Church of Greater Columbus in Worthing- 
ton, Ohio, for the sessions on March 8-10. Here is a pictorial review of those three days. ■ 

Evening sessions of the Pastors' 
Worlcshop were opened to the 
members of Grace Brethren Church 
of Greater Columbus (Ohio). Here, 
Minister of Music Randy Kettering 
leads congregational singing. 

Pastors and their 
wives were treated 

to a splendid 
banquet on Thurs- 
day evening at the 

church. Special 
music was provided 
by church members, 
and Pastor James 
Custer concluded 
his three-evening 
series on "Repro- 
ducing Our Kind." 

Note-taking was a common occurrence 

during the three-day workshop. Various 

speakers challenged the pastors in the 

areas of Bible-class ministries, missions, 

the eldership concept, crisis and 

conciliation ministry, discipleship, and 

evangelism, to mention a few. 


MAY '83 


Nine New Points Approved by BHMC Board 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

The approval of nine new 
home mission points (includ- 
ing the investigation into three 
communities for the possible 
establishment of new Grace 
Brethren churches) highlight- 
ed the spring meetings of the 
board of directors of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. 

Held March 1-3, at the Wi- 
nona Lake, Indiana, headquart- 
ers, the meetings also held 
commitments to a Canadian 
ministry and a Black ministry, 
as well as renewed supprt of 
the Bountiful Harvest program! 

Six of the points approved 
already have groups meeting, 
or definite plans have been 
made. Among those receiving 
the approval of the board were: 

— Monroe, New York. Lo- 
cated 50 miles from New York 
City, this group is meeting 
under the leadership of Terryl 
Delaney. It has already been 
adopted by the North Atlantic 

— Saratoga, New York. This 

upstate New York community 
is abundant in tourism, aca- 
demics and industry. Roving 
Church Planter Jim Hunt is 
currently leading the group on 
a part-time basis, but will be 
moving there as soon as a full- 
time man is engaged to lead 
the Newport, Vermont, Grace 
Brethren Church, where he is 
also ministering. This has also 
been accepted into the North 
Atlantic District. 

— Columbia City, Indiana. 
Pastor Richard Grant of War- 
saw, Indiana, has been minis- 
tering here on a part-time basis 
since the fall of 1982. The 
community of 5,000 people is 
located approximately 20 
miles west of Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, on U.S. 30. Financial 
support will begin when the 
church can assume one-third 
of the pastor's salary. 

— AltaVista, Virginia. Bob 
Juday and his family moved to 
this area last September on 
faith to begin this ministry. 
Nine families now attend the 
work and they meet for four 
services weekly in rented 

facilities. The community is a 
25-minute drive from Lynch- 
burg, Virginia. 

— Fairbanks, Alaska. This 
will be the third church in a 
four-year program of planting 
Alaskan churches. Pastor Ed 
Jackson will be moving to 
Fairbanks this fall to begin the 

— Makakilo, Hawaii. Nathan 
Leigh is leading this fourth 
church in the Hawaiian Islands. 
The BHMC is picking up one- 
third of his salary in conjunc- 
tion with the new Hawaiian 
District and the local church. 

Several key American cities 
were also pinpointed for the 
possible establishment of the 
Grace Brethren Church. Home 
Missions executive staff will be 
surveying Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma; St. Louis, Missouri; 
and Dallas, Texas, to see if 
there is interest in such a work. 

In other action, the board: 

— Approved the hiring of 
Dianna Graney as a full-time 
staff member at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission, Counselor, 
New Mexico. Miss Graney has 


MAY '83 


Members of the Brethren Home Missions 
Board of Directors include (front, left to 
right): Joe Taylor, Richard DeArmey, 
Dr. James Custer, Rev. Luke Kauffman, 
Harry Shipley, Robert Lapp. Back row 
(left to right): Williard Smith, Ora Skiles, 
Rev. William Tweeddale, Rev. C. Lee 
Jenkins, Homer Waller, Rev. William 
Snell, Rev. Paul Dick, and Vernon 

been working at the Mission 
for the past year as part of the 
T.I.M.E program. She is from 
the Santa Maria, California, 
GBC, and is a graduate of the 
California Polytechnic State 
University at San Luis, Obispo. 

— Approved pastors for 
Newport, Vermont; San Berna- 
dino, California; and Spokane, 
Washington, as well as those 
previously stated for new 
points. These names will be 
announced later, pending their 
acceptance of the pastoral call. 

— Authorized the Brooks- 
ville, Florida, Grace Brethren 
Church to purchase an adja- 
cent property. 

ment costs, while additional 
monies on their existing loan 
will be advanced to the Albu- 
querque, New Mexico, Heights 
GBC for the paving of their 
parking lot. The BIF will pur- 
chase an existing contract 
from the Arvada, Colorado, 
Hackberry Hill GBC, providing 
the congregation with the 
needed finances to complete a 

this program will be forth- 

— Reaffirmed their support 
of a Canadian work by author- 
izing the staff to seek a quali- 
fied mission pastor to help 
begin the work. Various possi- 
bilities in the country will be 
researched before a location to 
begin such a ministry is estab- 

Above: Board members 
listen intently as Executive 
Secretary Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

explains an item on the 

— Approved four loans by 
the Brethren Investment 
Foundation, including the ex- 
tension of two. The amount to 
be loaned to the Hemet, Cali- 
fornia, GBC will be increased 
due to unforeseen develop- 

Left: Rev. Richard P. DeArmey 
was recognized for his 1 1 
years as president of the board . 
He was presented with the 
plaque he is holding by Rev. 
Luke Kauffman, current 
president of the board. 
DeArmey stepped down last 
year for health reasons, but 
continues as a board member. 

building addition. A $125,000 
loan was also approved for the 
Troy, Ohio, GBC for a build- 
ing addition. 

— Made a recommitment to 
the Bountiful Harvest program. 
(Additional information about 

— Made the first moves to- 
ward the establishment of a 
ministry to Black Americans 
by authorizing the executive 
staff to investigate various 
areas of the country in which 
such a work could be estab- 

— Voted to recommend to 
the corporate membership 
that the names of The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, 
Inc., and The Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation be changed 
to The Grace Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Inc., and 
The Grace Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation, Inc., re- 

— Took a written stand on 
the Brethren ordinances. 

— Approved a plan for di- 
visional fund raising and itin- 
eration. ■ 


MAY '83 



n James Wingfield has accepted the pastorate of the 
Garden City Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, VA. 
All correspondence for the church should be directed 
to 3504 Bandy Rd., S.E. Roanoke, VA 24014. Mr. 
Wingfield's address is Route 1, Box 62 AA, Boones 
Mill, VA 24065; telephone 703/334-2873. 

D A. David Mitchell was ordained to the Christian 
ministry at the Grace Brethren Church, Telford, TN, 
where he is serving as pastor. Dean Fetterhoff, pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Atlanta, GA, delivered 
the ordination message. Other pastors assisting were: 
David Hitchman, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnson City, TN; Steve Taylor, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Aiken, SC; and Chaplain 
Carlton Fuller. 

DJohn Mcintosh was ordained to the Christian 
ministry at Mabton, WA, just before he concluded his 
ministry there. Bob Thompson, western representa- 
tive for the Brethren Home Missions Council, de- 
livered the message. Mr. Mcintosh has accepted the 
call to the Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley, CA. 

D Ron Picard, formerly pastor of Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Union, OH, has announced his 
resignation, and is waiting on the Lord's leading for 
his future ministry. 

n Jim Caso is the new pastor of the South Bay Grace 
Brethren Church In Torrance, CA. 

n The Southern California-Arizona District Examin- 
ing Board recently approved the following men: For 
licensure— Mike McGinnis, associate pastor of Los 
Altos Brethren Church in Long Beach, CA; and 
Randy Wikert, pastor of evangelism and church 
growth at North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. For ordination: Tom Hughes, pastor of 
the Community Brethren Church, Whittier, CA; 
Robert MacMillan, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Ventura, CA;and Raul Silebi, Spanish pastor 
at North Long Beach Brethren Church, CA. 

n Marvin Meeker, former pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Udell, lA, has announced his resignation. 
He is currently waiting the leading of the Lord for his 
future ministry. After the twenty-ninth of May, he 
can be reached at Route 8, Box 125, Warsaw, IN 

DThe 1984 Northwest District Conference will be 
held in Alaska from June 20-25. The special speaker 
will be Luke Kauffman, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Dan White has been elected 
moderator and David Marksbury will serve as vice 

The team for this year's district conference was 
from GBC Christian Ed, along with Lonnie Skiles, 
who served as workshop leaders. Mr. Skiles is director 
of children's ministries at the Big Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Modesto, CA. 

D Paul Mutchler was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try at the Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, 
FL, in a special service in January. Rev. James Custer, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 
OH, preached the ordination message. Churches repre- 
sented at the service were: the North Lauderdale 
GBC, Pompano Beach GBC, Okeechobee GBC, and 
the Grace Brethren Church of Osceola, IN. 

Left to right: Jeff Pons, Duane Bartle, Bill Blalock, Joe 
Taylor, Gwin Taylor, Ray Feather, Jim Custer, Russell Betz 
and Ed Lewis. Linda and Paul Mutchler are kneeling in the 
center. (Photo courtesy of University Studios.) 

Mr. Mutchler attended Heidelberg College in Ohio, 
and graduated from Ohio State University, Columbus. 
He received the Master of Divinity degree from Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN. He has 
served in music and youth ministries in the states of 
Ohio and Indiana, and accepted the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 
September of 1981. He currently serves as vice 
moderator of the Florida District of Grace Brethren 
Churches, is the chairman of the Florida District Mis- 
sions board, and a member of the national Grace 
Brethren Church Christian Education board. He is 
married and the father of three children. 

n Church treasurers and financial secretaries! The 
national organizations which comprise the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches will appreciate it very 
much if offerings could be sent in quarterly. This 
would help insure a more steady cash flow for each 
board (an important factor in these uncertain eco- 
nomic times) and also help ease the end of the year 
work load in the accounting offices. Thank you for 
your cooperation! 


MAY '83 


D NEEDED ... two issues of The Brethren Herald 
from the first year of our publication ... a copy of 
the July 1939 issue and one from August 1939. If 
any of our readers can help supply one or both, 
please write to Charles W. Turner, Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P. O. Box 544, Winona Lal<e, IN 
46590, or phone toll-free-1 -800-348-2756. 

chanae ycur annual 

Bruce Button has moved to Tucson, AZ (address 
listed in the Feb. issue), and has a new telephone 
number-602/293-6744 • Ben Collins, 5655 Palo 
Verde St., Montclair, CA 91763 • Norman Johnson, 
SHCGN 705, Bloco I, Casa 44, 70750 Brasilia, D.F., 
Brazil, S.A. • Herman Koontz— in error the address 
given for Kenneth Koontz should have been for his 
father, Herman Koontz. The address is: 7555 En- 
terprise Rd., No. 32, Orange City, FL 32763 • Garth 
Lindelef, 8628 Cedar, Bellflower, CA 90706 • Milton 
Ryerson, R. 9, Box 31 7 A, c/o Dean Zentz, Warsaw, 
IN 46580 • Joseph Taylor's (pg. 43) zip code is 
33305 • George Wilhelm, P.O. Box 60, Loysville, 
PA 17047 • The new address for the Torrance, CA, 
church is: c/o Pastor Jim Caso, 1815 Via Le Prado, 
Suite 207, Redondo Beach, CA 92077 • The Waimalu 
Grace Brethren Church's new address is 98-323 Pono 
St., Aiea, HI 96701 (Tel. 808/488-6006). 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Brethren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 

n NEEDED— full-time nursing faculty member for 
Fall 1983 at Grace College. Minimum qualifications: 
M.S. in Adult or Mental Health Nursing or M.Ed.; 
eligible for R.N. licensure in Indiana; two years teach- 
ing or clinical nursing experience. The A.D.N, pro- 
gram is organized around a modified-Roy conceptual 
framework and an integrated curricular approach. Re- 
sponsibilities include: participation in departmental 
and college-wide committees; classroom and clinical 
teaching and student advisement. Opportunity for ad- 
vancement into departmental administration is 
possible. Applicants must be committed evangelical 
Christians in harmony with Grace's Covenant of 
Faith. If interested, write to Dr. Vance A. Yoder, 
Academic Dean, Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

There is a great trend today toward personal 
retirement plans. It's a good idea, but it takes 
years to build up equity in an IRA, Keough, or 
any of the other plans now available. Those pas- 
tors who have faithfully served our Fellowship 
for many years and are now either retired or 
ready for retirement do not have the time to 
build for the future, the future is already here. 

That's where the Board of Ministerial Emer- 
gency and Retirement benefits comes into the 
picture. This Board was given the responsibility 
of helping retired pastors and pastors' widows 
during their retirement years. Many of these 
faithful servants depend on this assistance to 
live. However, we cannot help them unless 
there are funds available. Got the picture? We 
need your help! Many churches help by con- 
tributing 4 percent of their pastor's salary an- 

If your church would like to help too, please 
contact: Pastor Clair Brickel, 14319 Brookvllle- 
Pyrmont Road, Brookvllle, Ohio 45309. 

Thanks for getting into tiie picture! 


MAY '83 


1982 Record 

of Giving to Grace 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


Accident, MD . 
Aleppo, PA . . 
Boswell, PA . . 
Coolvile.OH . 
Coraopolis, PA 
Cumberland, MD 
Grafton, WV 
Jenners, PA . 
Listie, PA . 
Meyersdale, PA 

(Grace) ... 
Meyersdale, PA 

(Summit Mills) 
Parkersburg, WV 
Somerset, PA . . 
Stoystown, PA 

(Reading) . . 
Uniontown, PA . 
Washington, PA . 
Westernport, MD 
Allegheny Misc. . 



Brooksville, FL 
Clearwater, FL 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Fort Myers, FL . . 
Lakeland, FL . . . 
Maitland, FL . . . 
Melbourne, FL . . 
N. Lauderdale, FL 
Okeechobee, FL . 
Orlando, FL . . . . 
Orange City .... 
Ormond Beach, FL 
Pompano Beach, FL 
Port Richey, FL 
Sebring, FL . . . 
St. Petersburg, FL 
Summit Mills, PR 
Florida Misc. . . 

Total . 





1 ,360.67 



1 ,208.00 






1 ,655.26 




Aiea, HI (Waimalu) . . 
Ewa Beach, HI 


Wahiawa, HI 





2 528 35 


Total .... $ 






Berne, IN $ 


Clay City, IN 



Elkhart, IN 



Flora, IN 



Fort Wayne, IN 



1 ,639.50 

Fort Wayne, IN 





Goshen, IN 



Hartford City, IN . . . 



Indianapolis, IN ... 


Kokomo, IN 

$ 72,209.05 

(Indian Heights) . 


Kokomo, IN (North) . 


Leesburg, IN 


New Albany, IN ... 


Osceola, IN 


$ 1,765.14 

Peru, IN 

Sidney, IN 


South Bend, IN ... . 



Warsaw, IN 



Winona Lake, IN . . . 



Cedar Rapids, lA 
Dallas Center, lA 
Davenport, lA . 
Des Moines, lA . 
Garwin, lA . . . 
Kansas City, MO 

Leon, I A 

Longview, TX . . 
Morrill, KS . . . 
North English, lA 



1 ,894.62 








Omaha, NE 742.50 

Udell, lA 6,890.00 

Waterloo, I A 15,402.56 

Winona, MN 510.19 

Total .... $ 52,262.73 


Alto, Ml $ 9,547.29 

Hastings, Ml 49.17 

Lake Odessa, Ml . . . 2,848.00 

Lansing, Ml 444.00 

New Troy, Ml 4,798.00 

Ozark, Ml 610.52 

Total .... $ 18,296.98 


Alexandria, VA .... $ 5,615.57 

Chambersburg, PA . . 1,044.74 

Frederick, MD .... 396.00 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Calvary) 1,714.66 

Hagerstown, MD 

(Grace) 19,156.00 

Hagerstown, MD 

(Maranatha) .... 5,739.41 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Valley) 6,079.07 

Lanham.MD 6,863.35 

Martinsburg, WV . . . 11,101.61 

Temple Hills, MD . . . 6,839.00 

Waldorf, MD 70.00 

Waynesboro, PA . . . 9,504.41 

Winchester, VA .... 16,643.24 

Mid-Atlantic Misc. . . 242.98 

Total .... $ 91,010.04 


Arvada, CO $ 2,549.20 

Beaver City, NE . . . 463.93 

Cheyenne, WY .... 500.00 

Colorado Springs, CO 337.75 

Denver, CO 2,252.54 

Portis, KS 3,062.63 

Wichita, KS 143.56 

Total .... $ 9,309.61 


MAY '83 


Top Thirty 

In Giving to Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

I.Columbus, Ohio (Grace) $ 142,267.20 

2. Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) 96,801.52 

3. Wooster, Ohio 60,974.61 

4. Telford, Pa 41,186.25 

5. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 40,382.49 

6. Winona Lake, Ind 36,379.56 

7. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 34,651.65 

8. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 34,542.04 

9. Myerstown.Pa 31,775.31 

10. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 26,544.82 

11. South Bend, Ind 25,192.27 

12. Canton, Ohio 24,918.36 

13. Kittanning, Pa. (Grace) 24,134.60 

14. Whittier, Calif. (Community) .... 23,699.55 

15. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 22,426.46 

16. Bellflower, Calif 22,237.00 

17. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 20,991.77 

18. Atlanta, Ga 20,004.48 

19. Warsaw, ind 19,501.94 

20. Rittman.Ohio 19,182.25 

21. Hagerstown.Md. (Grace) 19,156.00 

22. Lancaster, Pa. (Grace) 18,924.23 

23. Whittier, Calif. (Grace) 17,889.25 

24. Conemaugh, Pa. (Grace) 17,759.24 

25. Winchester, Va 16,643.24 

26. Berne, Ind 16,382.58 

27. Dayton, Ohio (First Grace) 16,197.54 

28. Martinsburg, Pa 15,615.27 

29. Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) .... 15,436.63 

30. Waterloo, Iowa 15,402.56 


Bethlehem, PA .... $ 1,066.86 

Dillsburg, PA 3,606.06 

Elizabethtown, PA . . 7,263.35 

Ephrata, PA 6,326.08 

Harrisburg, PA .... 11,222.75 

Hatboro, PA 1 ,446.45 

Hope, NJ 940.75 

Irasburg, VT 255.89 

island Pond, VT . . . 151.50 

Lancaster, PA (Grace) . 18,924.23 
Lancaster, PA 

(Southern) .... 3,801.96 

Litit2,PA 9,871.17 

Loysville, PA 10.00 

Manheim.PA 7,074.42 

Mt. Laurel, NJ . . . . 


My erst own, PA . . . 


Newark, DE 


New Holland, PA . . 


Newport, VT .... 


Palmyra, PA 


Philadelphia, PA 



Philadelphia, PA 



Pine Grove, PA . . . 


Telford, PA 


Wrightsville, PA . . . 


York, PA 


North Atlantic, Misc. 


Total . . . . 

$ 194,994,50 


Auburn, CA $ 1 ,064.97 

Chico.CA 166.00 

Grass Valley, CA . . . 2,585.00 
Modesto, CA 

(Big Valley) .... 15,436.63 
Modesto, CA 

(La Loma) 11,510.00 

Placerville, CA .... 221.00 

Ripon.CA 7,415.69 

Sacramento, CA . . , 1,216.00 

San Jose, CA 3,196.32 

Tracy, CA 1,291.00 

Total .... $ 44,102.61 



Ankenytown, OH . . 

$ 9,282.94 

Ashland, OH (Grace) . 


Ashland, OH 

(Southview) .... 


Bowling Green, OH 


Columbus, OH 

(East Side) .... 


Columbus, OH 



Columbus, OH 

(Southwest) .... 

1 ,890.00 

Danville, OH 


Delaware, OH 

1 ,450.00 



Fremont, OH (Grace) 

1 1 ,941 .55 

Fremont, OH 


1 ,389.00 

Gallon, OH 


Lexington, OH .... 


Lima, OH 


Mansfield, OH (Grace) 


Mansfield, OH 

(Woodville) .... 


Mt. Vernon, OH . . . 


Ontario, OH 




Toledo, OH 

(Maumee Valley) . 

1 ,000.00 

(Continued on page 16) 
FIVIS MAY '83l5i^ 

(Continued from page 15) 

Watkins, OH 435.00 

Northcentral Ohio 

Misc 28.00 


$ 288,531.89 


Akron, OH (Ellet) . . $ 9,704.94 

Akron, OH (Fairlawn) 925.50 

Canal Fulton, OH . . 195.00 

Canton, OH 24,918.36 

Cleveland, OH 

(Lyndhurst) .... 784.93 

Cuyahoga Falls, OH . 3,588.75 

Elyria.OH 884.35 

Homerville, OH .... 8,291.32 

Middlebranch,OH . . 12,910.75 

Minerva, OH 2,946.05 

Norton, OH 6,873.41 

Orrville, OH 147.00 

Rittman.OH 19,182.25 

Sterling, OH 2,297.09 

Wooster, OH 60,974.61 

Northeastern Ohio 

Misc 313.36 

Total ... $ 154,937.67 


Albany, OR $ 50.00 

Anchorage, AK .... 4,075.20 

Beaverton, OR .... 2,211.35 

Goldendale, WA . . . 772.66 

Grandview, WA .... 4,115.50 

Harrah,WA 4,851.12 

Homer, AK 430.00 

Kenai, AK 4,086.40 

Kent.WA 9,647.98 

Prosser.WA 1,336.11 

Spokane, WA 531.60 

Sunnyside,WA .... 13,111.51 

Toppenish,WA .... 2,625.50 

Troutdale.OR .... 3,597.00 

Yakima, WA 4,809.25 

Northwest Misc. . . . 50.00 




AltaVista, VA $ 11.00 

Boones Mill, VA , . . 100.00 

Buena Vista, VA . . . 7,258.29 

Covington, VA .... 4,130.57 

Radford, VA 579.50 

Richmond, VA .... 3,096.97 

Riner.VA 417.58 

Roanoke, VA 

(Clearbrook) . . . 1,067.50 
Roanoke, VA 

(Garden City) . . . 1,181.29 

Roanoke, VA (Ghent) 8,291.96 
Roanoke, VA 

(Gospel Brethren) 97.00 
Roanoke, VA (Patterson 

Memorial) 3,970.50 

Roanoke, VA (Wash- 
ington Heights) . . 821.24 
Salem, VA 

(Wildwood) .... 753.24 

Troutville, VA .... 105.30 

Virginia Beach, VA . . 1,291.62 

Total .... $ 33,170.56 


Aiken, SC $ 

Anderson, SC 

Atlanta, GA 

Charlotte, NC 

Johnson City, TN . . 
Telford, TN 

Total . 






$ 34,124.50 



Alta Lome, CA 
Anaheim, CA . 
Beaumont, CA 
Bell,CA .... 
Bellflower, CA 
Covina, CA . . 
Cypress, CA . . 
Glendora, CA . 
Hemet, CA . . 
LaVerne, CA . 
LaMirada, CA . 
Long Beach, CA 

Long Beach, CA 

(Grace) . . . 
Long Beach, CA 

(Los Altos) . 
Long Beach, CA 

(North) . . . 
Los Alamitos, CA 

(Rossmoor) . 
Los Angeles, CA 
Mission Viejo, CA 
Montclair, CA . . 
Norwalk, CA . . 
Orange, CA . . . 
Phoenix, AZ (Grace 
Phoenix, AZ 

(Northw/est) . . 

Rialto, CA 

Riverside, CA . . . 
San Diego, CA . . 
San Ysidro, CA . . 
Santa Maria, CA . 
Seal Beach, CA . . 

Simi, CA 

South Pasadena, CA 
Temple City, CA . 
Torrance, CA . . . 
Tucson, AZ .... 
Ventura, CA ... 
Westminster, CA . 
Whittier, CA 

(Community) . 
Whittier, CA (Grace 
Southern California 

Arizona Misc. . 









$ 308,037.03 


Brookville, OH .... 

E 9,862.85 

Camden, OH 


Centerville, OH ... . 


Cincinnati, OH .... 


Clayhole, KY 


Clayton, OH 


Dayton, OH (Basore 



Dayton, OH (Calvary) . 


Dayton, OH (First) . . 


Dayton, OH (Huber 

Heights) .... 


Dayton, OH (North 

Riverdale) . . . 


Dryhill, KY . . . . 


Englewood, OH . . 


Kettering, OH . . . 

1 ,400.00 

Lexington, KY . . 


Sinking Spring, OH 


Trotwood, OH . . 


Troy, OH 


Union, OH .... 

1 ,585.00 

Vandalia, OH . . . 


W. Alexandria, OH 


Southern Ohio Misc 


Total . . 

. $ 

61 ,808.70 


Albuquerque, NM 

(Grace) .... 

. $ 


Albuquerque, NM 

(Heights) . . . 


Counselor, NM . . 

1 ,999.00 

Taos, NM 


Total . . 

. $ 



Altoona, PA (First) . $ 3,505.00 

Altoona, PA (Grace) . 6,420.98 

Armagh, PA 1,327.38 

Avis, PA 368.96 

Conemaugh, PA 

(Grace) 17,759.24 

Conemaugh, PA 

(Singer Hill) .... 5,930.05 
Duncansville, PA 

(Leamersville) . . . 10,035.50 

Everett, PA 8,009.58 

Hollidaysburg, PA 

(Vicksburg) .... 7,342.24 

Hopewell, PA 948.75 

Johnstown, PA (First) 12,724.40 
Johnstown, PA 

(Geistown) .... 4,199.07 

Johnstown, PA (Pike) . 13,543.89 
Johnstown, PA 

(Riverside) .... 26,544.82 
Kittanning, PA 

(Grace) 24,134.60 

Kittanning, PA 

(North Buffalo) . . 3,181.32 

Martinsburg, PA ... 15,615.27 

Milroy.PA 976.31 

Western Pennsylvania 

Misc 50.00 

Total .... $ 162,617.36 


Grace Schools 

National Fellowship of 

Grace Brethren 

National SMM 
National WMC 


GRAND TOTAL . . $1,940,403.78 





$ 115,760.11 



tmauHcuta c3a^fi^i 


Mission Cliuirelt 
off tite Year 


by Wendell Kent 

Remember that great idea the young adult 
class came up with last year to decorate the 
missions banquet tables? And the skit that 
children's church did about Stanley's search 
for Livingstone? How about those posters 
that the quiet, but artistic new member de- 
signed? What a lot of talent there is in your 

Remember the creative suggestion some- 
body made in church council, the one that 
brought in 20 percent more giving to missions 
and got everybody interested in learning more 
about our missionaries? 

Isn't it a shame that some of these good 
things aren't given a wider exposure? Maybe 
we could all help each other just by publiciz- 
ing what we're doing in our home churches- 
sort of a national show-and-tell program. 

But how do we do it? 

Hold everything! Help is on the way. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is just 
now unveiling a brand-new Mission Church 
of the Year program. We have sent your 

church a basic form on which to indicate 
what your church is doing to promote foreign 

In addition to completing this form and re- 
turning it to us, we'll want things like a scrap- 
book of missionary activity, samples of 
printed materials, teaching outlines, mission 
policy statement, and so forth. In short, the 
more you send us to show a definite involve- 
ment with missions, the more you'll be help- 
ing some other church stretch its thinking and 
activity in missions, plus— are you ready for 
this?— giving your pastor a chance to visit a 
mission field! 

That's right. The prize for Mission Church 
of the Year will be a gift of $1,000 to the 
pastor, to be used by him toward a trip to see 
missionary work in action! We know what a 
trip like that can do for the vision and mission 
enthusiasm of a pastor. 

He will never be the same. His whole minis- 
try will be affected. 

So, why not get busy and start pulling to- 
gether all the good things you've been doing 
for missions? If that hasn't been a strong em- 
phasis in your church, now would be the per- 
fect time to start. We expect this to be a 
continuing event each year. 

More on this later. We just wanted you to 
start thinking about it. ■ 




Belo Horizonte 

• Riberao Preto 

*♦ • Juiz de Fora 
^ '■**" ^;i-;^?l.RIODE JAMEIRO 
Sao Paulo •> y^ Sao Jose dos Campos 


in tlie 1980's 

by Tim Farner 

At first thought, it seems odd to 
thinl< of pioneering in this ultra- 
modern world in which we live— a 
world being rapidly reached to its 
uttermost corners by sophisticated 
means of communication and trans- 
portation. We generally place 
"pioneers" in the context of the 
outposts of civilization. 

This is only partially true in 
church planting. 

There are very targe segments of 
this world's population who have 
heard only the name "Jesus" and 
have not been confronted with the 
biblical message of Christianity. To- 
day, pioneers are entering the out- 
posts of civilization with the Good 
News. Pioneers are forging up new 
paths into areas once "Christian- 
ized" but since taken over again by 


MAY '83 


unbelief and skepticism. Our Euro- 
pean partners, who represent Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions in 
France, Germany, and Great Britain, 
are pioneering in a once "Christian" 

Pioneers are needed in Brazil! 

There are two great challenges 
before the Church of Jesus Christ. 
The most recognized challenges are 
the growing backwoods communi- 
ties along the new highways which 
reach out into the interior of Brazil. 
It takes a special kind of missionary 
to do that kind of pioneer work in- 
volving radical changes in life style 
and adaptation to interior culture. 

The South Brazil missionary 
team, representing the message of 
the Brethren ministry, wants to call 
to your attention another kind of 
pioneer. These are men and women 
who dedicate themselves to implan- 
tation of Grace Brethren churches 
in the very heart of Brazilian cul- 
ture and civilization. Wherever we 
go, we face the challenge of a 
pioneer situation— starting from 
scratch— evangelizing people who 
frequently use the name of Jesus, 
mostly in vain, but with very little 
idea of who He really is. 

The Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches has a tremendous 
challenge before it— before us. Time 
is running out, and though the 
Grace Brethren Church sometimes 
seems to be a very small part of the 
body, we are convinced that the 
message of our ministry and the 
philosophy of ministry we use is 
vitally needed in the large cities of 

The South Brazil team is focus- 
ing in on ten cities in five regions of 
central, southeastern, and south 
Brazil. The cities are grouped in re- 
gions close enough for good com- 
munication and contact among 
missionary team members and for 
fellowship among the churches 
being formed. We presently have 
only one organized church (Uber- 
landia) in this area, and it is still be- 
ing pastored by a missionary. 

In March of 1982, we placed the 
Norman Johnson family in our 
nation's capital, Brasilia. That work 
is progressing well. Response has 
been good. 

Goiania, capital of the state of 
Goias, lies only 200 kms. from 
Brasilia and is fertile and strategic 
ground for the planting of churches. 
We need a minimum of two families 
for this area. 

In northern Sao Paulo state 
there are two dynamic cities 
(among dozens) that were selected 
for placement of missionary families 
for this decade. We need at least 
two families— one for Riberao Preto 
and one for Sao Jose do Rio Preto. 

Southern Sao Paulo state, in- 
cluding the cities of Sao Paulo, 
Campinas and Sao Jose dos Campos, 
is the most dynamic area of indus- 
trial development in all of Latin 
America. This area of approximate- 
ly 150 km^ is literally teeming with 
people, perhaps as many as 20 
million. We want to face that chal- 
lenge in this decade and will need at 
least three missionary families, and 
more if the Lord raises up laborers 
for this work. 

Rio de Janeiro, a metropolitan 
area of over 9 million people, is a 
great, though difficult, challenge. 
We could use two families to begin 
with: one in Rio and another in 
Juiz de Fora, just across the state 
line into Minas Gerais. Juiz de Fora 
is the second largest city in Minas 

Belo Horizonte is the booming 
capital of the state of Minas Gerais, 
a city of 1.5 million people, in 
which we could place two families 
immediately if we had them ready 
to move in. 

There are two cities in the 
southern state of Parana which have 
captured the interest of the South 
Brazil team. The capital, Curitiba, is 
a city of over 800,000; and Lon- 
drina, some 400 km. to the west, 
has some 500,000 people. We 
would like to place a family in each 
of these cities. 

If you have been following the 
numbers of missionaries needed to 
step into these cities mentioned, 
you have come up with 13 families 
for these dozen cities. We are de- 
veloping a program involving re- 
cruitment, training and placement 
of 12 missionary families in 10 of 
these cities by the end of this 
decade. It's an ambitious program. 

we agree, but we feel that God has 
talented and capable couples who 
will be directed to us for this work. 
In addition to this number, we are 
asking for singles to work along- 
side these couples. It is essential 
that all personnel be qualified in 
evangelism and/or discipleship 
work. Experience in teacher train- 
ing, music, bookkeeping/secretarial 
work, and so forth, are helpful but 
not essential. We need one mission- 
ary to begin to develop a full-time 
program of training for leadership 
among the churches formed during 
this period. This program will be 
done through an extension program 
in which the missionary will be 
visiting the congregations and mis- 
sion points of the fellowship of 
churches throughout these regions 
of southern Brazil. 

Do you have the spirit of a 
pioneer? Are you willing to shake 
yourself loose from familiar sur- 
roundings and cultural setting? Are 
you willing to submit yourself to a 
new language, a new life style— not 
inferior, but different? 

In order to reach our goal for 
this decade, we need a dozen mis- 
sionary families who could be on 
the field within the next five years. 
The Dan Green family is now in 
language study and doing well. If 
you want to know about the life of 
new recruits, write to Dan and 
Nancy, Rua Americo de Moura, 
701, Campinas, S.P. 13.000. 

If you are a student looking for 
a challenge, and feel that you have 
the personal qualities needed (basic 
knowledge of the Word, experience 
in evangelism and discipleship, a 
large dose of patience and self- 
discipline, ability to work one-on- 
one and with small groups— the 
basic characteristics for the Chris- 
tian ministry), get in touch with us. 
We need workers now! 

If you are a young person look- 
ing for a career of service for the 
most important cause in the world, 
consider Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions. Take a long hard look at 
the challenge in southern Brazil. 
Can you finish your schooling with- 
in four or five years? 

Does the Lord need you here in 
Brazil? ■ 

iFIMSMAY '83l9i 

The last remaining guard tower 
of the Chateau now is the scene 
of times of prayer, devotion, and 
fellowship in the Lord. 


iv7 OO (June 1 - July 14) 

Lectures are varied with panel 

discussions on the Great 

Commission and how to make 

it practical in Europe. 

by Tom Julien 

In a few weeks 25 weary travelers 
will collapse on their beds at the 
Chateau of Saint-Albain for their 
first night in France to begin the 
1983 edition of E.M.I. 

Euro-Missions Institute has been 
put together by the missionaries of 
France, Gernnany, and England 
with the purpose of exposing future 
candidates to the situation as it is in 
Europe. In our day, marriage is 
usually preceded by courtship; 
Brethren missionaries believe that a 
decision involving life commitment 
in Europe must grow out of some- 
thing more objective than an emo- 
tional tug provoked by the sound 

of Big Ben or the scent of Chanel 
No. 5. 

After a month of intensive orien- 
tation into the reality of missions in 
this spiritually resistant continent, 
some of the participants will return 
to the States with the flame burn- 
ing for Europe's unreached millions. 
Others will turn their sights else- 
where. In both cases, E.M.I, will 
have been a success. 

E.M.I, takes place in three parts. 
The first two weeks will be devoted 
to studies, workshops, and chal- 
lenge hours directed by the mission 
staff and guest lecturer Rev. Dave 
Plaster, an alumnus of the original 
1968 T.I.M.E. team to France. In 
addition. Rev. Ed Lewis and Rev. 


MAY '83 


All will be well-fed. Below: 

Wes Heckmen lends a hand 

feeding Julie Hobert. 

John Zielasko will participate in the 

Then, two weeks will be spent in 
the cities where Brethren have 
nninistries in Europe: Lyon, Chalon, 
and Le Creusot in France; Birming- 
hann, England; Leonburg and Stutt- 
gart, Germany. This time will be de- 
voted to getting to know Europeans 
through planned interviews, getting 
to know missionary familes, and 
seeking to know how to reach 
Europeans for the Lord Jesus 

E.M.I. will come to a close with 
several days of evaluation. During 
the entire month, continual effort 
will be made to be frank and honest. 
No one with his eyes open will re- 
turn home with an idealized opinion 
of the situation. The ministry is 

There will be a little 

time for sightseeing. 

The Eiffel Tower in 


hard in Europe, but the times are 

Two of last year's participants of 
E.M.L are now on the staff of 
Grace Brethren Missions in Europe, 
and two more will join this fall, to 
become a part of the team of 100 
by 1990, for which many are pray- 

Some of the reactions from 
1982 were enthusiastic, but one 
success does not guarantee another. 
Pray with us that this year's E.M.I, 
will know the Lordship of Jesus 
Christ, the fullness of the Spirit, 
and the glory of God the Father. ■ 

It is a time of evaluation 
and decision-making. 


All mail sent to the Central African Re- 
public should include the word "AFRICA" at 
the bottom of the address. Also, "Central Afri- 
can Republic" must be spelled out; mail ad- 
dressed to "C.A.R." will not get there. 

Rev. and Mrs. Don Miller 

B.P. 240 

Bangui, Central African Republic 


Some of the mail is being sent to Central 
America. Correctly addressing a letter will help 
avoid the problem of lost mail. Thank you. 

The Bible book of 2 Peter deals with a very 
important subject— apostasy. The danger of fall- 
ing away and the consequences of this action is a 
subject on which each believer needs a reminder. 

In this book, Dr. Herman A. Hoyt takes a 
studied look at the problem of apostasy and re- 
minds us that there are several types. The apos- 

The June, July, August 
Brethren Adult Series 
will feeture 
e study In 

2 Peter 

by Herman A. Hoyt 

DR. HERMAN A. HOYT is president 
emeritus of Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary. He has written a 
number of books, including study guides 
on the Bible books of Romans, Hebrews, 
and Revelation. Other books include The 
End Times and Is the United States in 
Prophecy? He was also the editor of Dr. 
Alva J. McClain's book, Romans, the 
Gospel of God's Grace. 

tasy of doctrine and teaching is the first prob- 
lem, and, when it arises, apostasy of life is its 
constant companion. 

The regular price of the study guide is $4.95. 
It will be priced at $2.75 each for church quan- 
tity orders until August 31, 1983. Individual 
orders will be accepted at the $4.95 price, plus 
$1.00 for postage and handling. 

A LEADER'S RESOURCE BOOKET is available for use with the study guide. It provides class 
leaders with preparation helps, discussion ideas and practical suggestions. The booklet is priced at 
$3.75 and may be ordered from the Herald Co. 

Phone your order to us toll-free! 
(All states except Indiana, Alaska, and Hawaii.) 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 

p. O. Box 544 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 • Tel. 219/267-7158 

GBC Christian Education Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

^ Ed Lewis and Knute Larson on staff were joined by Lonnie Sl<iles, brother of Brad and director of 
children's ministries at Big Valley Grace in Modesto, for a Northwest District CE seminar recently in 
Sunnyside, Washington. Good response to the evening and Saturday sessions on many aspects of 
church life. . . . Denise Harkness, assistant and secretary to Ed, was married to Eldon Grubb on March 
26 in Winona Lake, Indiana. Eldon will graduate this month from Grace Seminary. . . . Kevin Muggins, 
chaplain at Grace, still directs "Timothy Teams" for weekend ministries for us. . . . Bonnie Osborne 
is our new receptionist-secretary, and we're appreciative. 

The Equipment 

One of the most beautiful benedictions in the 
Bible is Hebrews 13:20-21 (NASB): 

Now the God of peace, who brought 
up from the dead the great Shepherd of 
the sheep through the blood of the eter- 
nal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip 
you in every good thing to do His will, 
working in us that which is pleasing in 
His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom 
be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 

It's a prayer that God wishes to answer in our 

Question: Who does God equip? 

Question: In whom does God do His work that is 
pleasing to His sight? 

Who gets "every good thing" from God? 

The answer to the three questions is one: those 
who do His will. 

God equips and works in and begins stirring in 
the hearts of those who are willing to do His will 
and work that which is pleasing in His sight. 

Question: Why do some people never sense the 
work of God in their lives? 

Question: Why do some people say they don't feel 
God changing a habit or a problem in their lives or 
answering prayers? 

Why is it easy to feel out of it when it comes to 
God's special help? 

The answer to all three could be the same: They 
are not committed to or seeking to do what pleases 
Him, His will. 

The coach instructs those on the field, who 

Ten tracks are planned for 
the 1983 National CE Convention 
Workstiop on IVIonday, August 1 . 

A pastor's track will feature a two-hour ses- 
sion with the FGBC Two-Year Study Commit- 
tee and afternoon workshops with Rev. Mark 
Senter, featured speaker for the convention and 
an assistant professor of Christian Education at 
Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. 

Other tracks are: Caring and Discipleship, 
Missions and Evangelism, Music and Worship, 
Communications (featuring Faith Venture 
Visuals), Youth Workers, Women, Organizing 
and Teaching Christian Education, Men and 
Family, and How to Use GBC Christian Educa- 
tion Materials. 

The wide variety of workshops will appeal to 
pastors, pastors' wives, church staff workers, 
youth workers, Sunday school teachers, and lay 
ministers. Watch the next Herald for a Conven- 
tion schedule. 

come to practice. 

The machine supervisor teaches those who come 
up to the machine and learn to run it. 

The piano teacher equips those who come to 
practice and are committed to the piano. 

The Lord works in the lives and strengthens the 
character and changes the outlook and creates the 
smile of joy in the lives of those who are commit- 
ted to doing His will, and exercising that commit- 
ment in daily ministry. 

So our churches are committed to helping 
people take the steps of involvement. Whether we 
are talking Adult Bible Fellowships, youth minis- 
tries, or caring for children in the church ... or 
mutual love in the unity of the body, or deacon 
ministry to help someone grow— Christian educa- 
tion is for people who want to be equipped and 
equip others. 

The God of peace will work in and through us. ■ 





... a great week of spiritual fellowship and 
opportunity for growth. The university campus 
is located along the shoreline of beautiful Lake 
Ontario in Oswego, New York. Youth Confer- 
ence will again welcome over 1,100 young 
people who will participate in NAC competition, 
recreation, afternoon options, outreach, BNYC 
choir, seminars, Girl-of-the-Year coronation and 
much more! 

$76 due 

REGISTRATION : Sunday, August 7, 1 :30-4:30 
p.m.— $100 due at conference 







\6ungTeen Conference 

<-^ August 1-5, 1983 - Winona Lake, Indiana 

Young people completing grades sixth through ninth are welcome to join us during the week of adult con- 
ference for a great time of fellowship and fun! We will meet daily while the adults are in session for . . . 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS: Dan & Sue Nikhaeis 



Registration will take place at conference. Cost for the 
week will be $32.00 (no lodging or meals provided). Daily 
registration will also be available. If planning on attending 
the Young Teen Conference, please fill out the preregistra- 
tlon form and mail to GBC Christian Education, P. O. Box 
365, Winona Lake, Indiana. Upon receipt of your preregis- 
tration form, more information will be sent to you. 


Family Name 




Number in family who will attend Young Teen Conference. 


Different Drummer 


Rev. Tom Mahairas 
Rev. Barry Holohan 
Chaplain Kevin Muggins 
Dr. Charles Smith 


Al Holley 


August 7-13, 1983 
State University of New York, Oswego, New York 

Dr. John Davis 
Guest Speaker 


Indiana District Annual 

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man 

sharpeneth the countenance of a 

friend" (Prov. 27:17). 


S/fsghetti Feed Fellmfiip 

Held at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

Below: Serious men about to renew their strength. 


"Alasl<an Cowboy" 

John Gillis 

by J. M. Knepper 

I have heard it said "the way to 
a man's heart is through his 
stomach." This fact is just what 
District IVIen's Fellowships are all 
about; getting down to a man's 
heart-needs while feeding him, too. 
May is here and so is the excite- 
ment of spring. The time of year 
that brings those deep feelings to 

men and boys which finds its cure 
out on lakes, rivers, fields, and 
streams. Do you get the picture? 
Just think of all those beautiful 
spots for fun, food and fellowship. 

Let's make some plans, men! 

Ted Franchino, president of the 
Grace Brethren Men of the Indiana 
district, has done an exceptional 
job. With his staff, Harold Mayer, 
vice president; and Dave Weller, 
Ben Zimmerman, and Gene 

Fahlsing, members at large; Ted has 
created a delicious time of food, 
fun and fellowship. George Lord, 
secretary/treasurer, shows our 
books in order after having accom- 
plished our goal of purchasing a 
new programmable/memory type- 
writer for the Grace Brethren Boys' 
work, headed up by Mike Ostrander 
and his trusted wife, Judy, 

Not every GBM's group is fortu- 
nate enough to have Dr. John Davis 
as a guest speaker. He presented an 
interesting slide presentation of his 
latest archaeological finds. The 
special music was a real treat as an 
Alaskan pastor, John Gillis from 
Eagle River, happened to be in the 
area. We realize not every district 
has a true Italian chef to cook your 
spaghetti, or even famous Flagpole 
ice cream to top it off, but we 
know men never go away hungry 
from a GBM's fellowship. 

In Proverbs 27:17, we learn 
how, as iron sharpens iron, so does 
one man sharpen another. 

Men, let's make the most of the 
opportunities we have— sharpen 
each other. Start today! Let's plan 
a Men's Fellowship in your church .■ 

Ted Franchino, head cook, and Ben 
Zimmerman, busy in the galley. 

Photos by J. M. Knepper 

— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


mmsw mrm 

ABOVE ALL. love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins 
1 Peter 4 8 NIV 



Mrs, Dan (Miriam) Pactieco,, 413 Kings Higtiway, 
Winona Lal<e. Indiana 46590 (Tel, 219/267-7603) 

Rrst Vice President 

Mrs, Robert (Althea) Miller. 5772 Karen Avenue. 
Cypress. California 90630 (Tel, 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs James (Triceine) Custer. 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Pow/ell, Ohio 43065 (Tel, 614/881-5779) 


Mrs, Fred (Margie) Devan. Jr,. 2507 Vancouver 
Drive. N,W,. Roanoke, Virginia 24012 (Tel, 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs, Richard (Virginia) Sellers. 3375 Lakeview Dr,, 
Wooster. OH 44691 (Tel, 216/263-6334) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, 
Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (Tel, 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs, Thomas (Donna) Miller, Route No, 8, Box 277, 
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel, 219/267-2533) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs, Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No, 8, Box 297, War- 
saw/, Indiana 46580 (Tel, 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 301 Esplanade, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 (Tel, 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs, John (Sally) Neely, 1 21 S, Walnut Street, Troy, 
Ohio 45373 (Tel, 513/335-5188) 


Jfissimary !jBlrtfidays 

JULY 1983 

(If no address is listed, the addresses can be found on pages 40 and 
41 oftfie 1983 Grace Brethren Annual.,^ 


Elisabeth Hoyt July 4, 1979 

IVIarIa Robinson July 9, 1966 


Fredericl< Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 


Mrs. Donna Walker July 1 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 10 

Dr. Don Hocking July 15 

Miss Nancy McMunn July 16 

Mark Austin July 23, 1968 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Lisa Immel July 26, 1966 

Rev. Tom Stallter July 26 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 


Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

Mrs. Susie Hobert July 31 


Rev. Tom Sharp July 19 


Rev. Robert Williams July 15 

Mrs. Kathryn Hoyt July 29 

Offering Opportunity 

Goal -$10,000 
Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Continuation of raising funds for the new Missionary 


Goal — $1 .50 per member collected throughout the year 

Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Given to the Brethren Messianic Testimony (Jewish Missions) 


Goal — $1.50 per member collected throughout the year 
Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Given toward the support of our four WMC Birthday 

WMC MAY '83 27i 

TbitVe Asked, 
and • • • 

How is the money for the Operation and Publication Offering spent? 

That is a good question, and we are glad to answer it! 

During the months of June, July, and August, you give toward this 
offering. Our goal this year is $8,000. And we really need to meet this 

The money given goes toward WMC pages in the Herald, postage, 
telephone bills, the printing and mailing of program packets, devotional 
program committee expenses, printing of WMC materials, office 
materials, and officers' expenses. 

But, you may comment, WMC has no office. That's true. No rent is 
paid or mortgages held. However, certain supplies are needed for the 
officers to carry out their duties. 

Plus, national officers serve without compensation other than ex- 
penses for travel to board meetings and an honorarium for their work. 

Inflation has cut into WMC's pocketbook, just like that of most 
Americans. Last year, national WMC was 13,500 in the red for the 
Operation and Publication offering. We need your help. 

This summer, please give liberally to this offering so that we can 
operate in the black. Thank you. ■ 

We're AnsiveriiigS 

Enthusiastic New WMC 

This is the first meeting of the Eagle River, 
Alas/ca, Grace Brethren Church's WI\/1C. These 
ladies compose an excited group, expecting 
great things from the Lord. "We are praising 
God for the ways we as women can manifest 
Christ in all we do, be it large or seemingly 
small. " Praise the Lord for this new WMC and 
its enthusiasm! 

Back, I. to r.: Joyce Heatwole, Holly Dosch, Diane 
Williams, Ruth Gillis. Front, I. to r.: Lana Anthony, 
Ann Taylor, Donna Held, and Evelyn Girdler. Photo 
by Jennifer Calvin. 



by June Immel 

Missionary to ttie C.A.R. 

Ginger, don't sniff it— just eat it. Don't you 
realize by now that I would not give you any- 
thing that would hurt you? You are my pet 
dog; I like you. I'll not feed you poison. Trust 

June, don't question it, accept it. Don't 
you realize by now that I would not bring 
anything into your life to hurt you? I love 
you. You are My child. Trust me. "0 taste 
and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the 
man that trusts in him" (Ps. 34:8). As the 
Africans say, "Throw your heart on Me." "I'll 
not leave you nor forsake you," ever (Heb. 
13:5). "Perfect love casts out fear" (John 

These thoughts came to me one day as I 
was feeding our dog. Ginger. Every time I 
gave her a bite of cookie, she sniffed it first. 
How like her I am. Afraid at times to just take 
and trust from God my Heavenly Father. ■ 

Be sure to get your BSLV members' address if they 
will not be at home or school during the summer. Find 
out what they're doing this summer and share in their 
plans. If they're going to live away from home, per- 
haps send them a few canned goods or goodies. 




Lfe — ^^. — ^ 


"We're thrilled with our program! This is an 
area of church fellowship that doesn't have to 
be expensive, complicated, or fancy. It's just 
being willing to be involved in a girl's life to en- 
courage her— shopping together, visiting a shut- 
in together, baking cookies, and so forth." 

These are the words of one lady speaking for 
their program. Many more churches expressed 
the same feeling. 

Maybe your WMC would like to plan a mini- 
maxi day, when all the minis and maxis gather 
and share as a team. Things to do are: 

1 . Craft day— crafts are demonstrated and 
then the M & M team works on the craft. 

2. Cake decorating— the mini or maxi brings 
an uniced cake and a demonstrator shows how 
to decorate it and brings equipment. Then the 
M & M team decorates the cake. It could then 
be taken to a shut-in. 

3. Miniature golfing. 

4. Hiking in the woods. Each mini and maxi 
could be given a list of questions to find out 
about each other. 

5. Hobby day— Maxis could teach their minis 
how to bake a pie, bake bread, make pretzels, 
make candy, take care of a baby, do first-aid 
techniques, macreme, knit, crochet, or sew. 

The idea list can never be exhausted in ways 
to minister to and teach each other. ■ 

iWIMC MAY '83 

by Samuel R. Meads 

Director of Planned Giving 


the IRS 


The question often arises as to wliy the IRS allows 
charitable and nonprofit organizations to claim ex- 
emptions, and why gifts to such organizations are de- 
ductible from the individual's income tax return. Is it 
because underneath the IRS is really religious? Do 
they really believe in separation of church and state? 
The answer is definitely "no" to the first question, 
and the second may involve more than we know. 

There is, however, a philosophy behind the chari- 
table deduction that is allowed to qualified organiza- 
tions. That philosophy is that it is cheaper for the 
private sector to support the organizations that we 
consider nonprofit than to have them supported by 
the government. Thus, the government is willing to 
allow these deductions in order that they will not 
have to be governmentally supported. One could only 
suppose what the amount of cost would have been in 
1981 for the support of nonprofit organizations had 
they been supported by Uncle Sam rather than the 

54.6 billion given through charitable gifting. Triple 
that amount? By the time the paperwork and admin- 
istrative costs would have been totaled, the amount 
would have indeed been shocking. 

But now, it seems that the IRS is seeking to with- 
draw many of the provisions it has previously allowed. 
It is not difficult to see the greed in government, and 
the tremendous pressure being applied by an atheistic 



society against those who are seeking to do an effec- 
tive job in meeting of needs of our society, whether 
that be social or spiritual. Granted, some of this 
pressure has come due to the unethical use of the 
charitable giving opportunity by individuals as well 
as many corrupt organizations. It is to be acknowl- 
edged that there has been a great waste in the non- 
profit sector simply because many have felt there was 
not to be any accountability for whatever was done 
with funds. It has made it necessary for an organiza- 
tion such as the Council for Financial Accountability 
to become operative in order to protect those who 
are legitimate in their nonprofit status. We are glad 
for this. Every organization owes this accountability, 
not only to the government, but also, and most of all 
to the faithful ones who give, and many sacrificially, 
to these organizations expecting the funds to be used 
in the manner and for the purposes for which they 
are secured. 

Your desire to give should be motivated because 
you are committed to the aims of that organization 
and its objectives. At the same time consider how the 
tax laws benefit you and your estate. Internal Rev- 
enue Publication No. 561 states "Our Federal 
Government recognizes that gifts to religious, educa- 
tional, charitable, scientific, and literary organizations 
have contributed significantly to the welfare of our 
nation; and our tax laws are designed to encourage 
such giving." Every time you make a gift to our 
organization, for instance. Uncle Sam, depending 
upon your tax bracket, shares in giving part of your 
gift. For example, let us share with you how this 
works in different tax brackets: 

Tax Rate 

Uncle Sam's 

Gift Will 

Participation in 

Cost You 

Your Gift 








If you are considering a major gift and are not able 
to take the full amount of the gift as a charitable in- 
come tax deduction in the current year. Uncle Sam 
also permits you to carry the balance of the gift 
forward up to five (5) additional years. The amount 
of deduction is 50 percent of your adjusted gross 
income. Everyone's circumstances are unique. For 
some the cash gift is not feasible; so there are various 
ways that gifts may be made: Appreciated securities 
or real estate, gifts of home or farm, life insurance, 
gifts by will or bequest, gifts in trust with retained in- 

Though the IRS is not religious, there are current 
tax laws that encourage your charitable giving and we 
trust you will give serious consideration of making a 
gift to Grace Schools. If we can be of service to you, 
please contact the Development Office as we want to 
share creative ways to conserve your assets and the 
possibility of showing you approved methods within 
the tax laws for making a gift now or in the future to 
our organization, to your church, or to other non- 
profit organizations of your choice. ■ 


1982-83 Academic Year 
Church, Pastor, City /State College Seminary Total 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 

mnona Lake, \H ICharles Ashman! 39 28 67 

Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, OH 

(Robert FetterhoffI 28 2 30 

Communitv Grace Brethren Church, 

Warsaw, IN (David Plaster) .... 16 14 30 

Pleasant View Community Church, 

Warsaw, IN (Ivan French) 9 14 23 

Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, 

OH (James Custer) 15 3 18 

Grace Brethren Church, Osceola, IN 

(Ward Miller) 13 1 14 

First Baptist Church of Warsaw, 

Warsaw, IN (Larry Oventreet) . . 7 7 14 

Community Gospel Church, Bremen, 

IN (Herman Hueni) 11 1 12 

Fellowship Baptist Church, Warsaw, 

IN (Jerry Sisson) 7 5 12 

Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, 

Bethlehem, PA (Ronald Guiles) . . 8 3 11 

Temple Hills Grace Brethren Church, 

Temple Hills, MD ^James D/xon/ . 7 3 10 

Living Gospel Church, Nappanee, IN 

(Otto Beer) 9 1 10 

Harmony Bible Church, Danville, lA 

(Edward Davis) 9 - 9 

Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 

Mansfield, OH (George Wallace). .9-9 
Christ Covenant Church, Warsaw, IN 

(Larry McCall) 5 4 9 

Chapel in University Park, Akron, OH 

(Interim Pastors) 5 4 9 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH 

(Knute Larson) 6 3 9 

Simi Community Grace Brethren Church, 

Simi Valley, CA rceraW,4/)ern;. ,8-8 
First Baptist Church, Elkhart, IN 

(Daniel Gelatt) 6 2 8 

Sidney Grace Brethren Church, Sidney, 

IN (Darren Taylor) 7 1 8 

Ghent Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, 

VA (Kenneth league) 8 - 8 

Sugar Grove Church, Goshen, IN 

(Alan Dollar) 6 1 7 

Peru Grace Brethren Church, Peru, 

IN (James Marshall) 6 1 7 

Grace Brethren Church, New Holland, 

PA (Robert Divine) 7 - 7 

Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, 

CA (Edwin Cashman) 3 3 6 

Goshen Grace Brethren Church, 

Goshen, IN (Kenneth Bickel) ... 5 1 6 

Bethany Bible Chapel, Warsaw, IN 

(Richard Lehman) 3 3 6 

Grace Brethren Church, Norton, OH 

(Robert Combs) 5 1 6 

First Brethren Church, Rittman, OH 

(Robert Russell) 3 3 6 

Uniontown Grace Brethren Church, 

Uniontown, PA (True Hunt) ... 5 1 6 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, 

MD (Randall Poyner) 6 - 6 

Waimalu Grace Brethren Church, Aiea, 

HI (James Kennedy) 5 — 5 

Elkhart Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, 

IN (Everett Caes) 5 — 5 

Blackhawk Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, 

IN (Richard Hawks) 5 - 5 

First Baptist Church, Mishawaka, IN 

(David Miller) 5 - 5 

Calvary Baptist Church, Oswego, IN 

(Dale Parker) 1 4 5 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, 

South Bend, IN ("Scoff Weaver) .5 - 5 

Grace Brethren Church, Canton, OH 

(Terrance Taylor) 4 1 5 

Grace Brethren Church, Middlebranch, 

OH (Stanley Nairn) 5 - 5 

Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 

Myerstown, PA (Luke Kauffman) 5-5 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, 

Telford, PA (William Tweeddale) .5 - 5 

Valley Grace Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, MD (Daniel Eshleman) ... 5 — 5 

==J|tfltf MAY 83 31 = 

Board Meeting Report 

Grace Schools will be operating on a balanced 
budget of $6,843,000 as approved at the spring meet- 
ing of the Board of Trustees. The record budget will 
include a need of $625,000 in unrestricted gift in- 
come. Tuition rates in both the college and seminary 
were raised approximately 7 percent to $114 per 
credit hour for the college and $92 for seminary stu- 

The Board of Trustees also approved promotions 
in rank for Mr. Richard Averbeck to assistant profes- 
sor, and Dr. Lee Kantenwein to associate professor. 
In the college, promotions were granted to Dr. 
Merwin Forbes to associate professor, IVIr. Dennis 

Herrick to associate professor (if doctorate is com- 
pleted), Mr. James Kessler to associate professor. Dr. 
Ronald Manahan to professor, and Dr. Robert 
Mathisen to professor. 

Dr. E. J. Lovelady and Dr. D. Brent Sandy were 
granted sabbatical leaves during the 1983-84 aca- 
demic year. Dr. Lovelady will take this time during 
the fall semester to work with Project Gramcord and 
the syntax of New Testament Greek, travel in 
England, and possibly publish some of his sacred and 
secular guitar arrangements. Dr. Sandy plans to take 
the spring semester to pursue several research and 
writing projects and possibly include study abroad. 




Dr. Edgar Lovelady 

Professor of English, Greek, and 
Birthdate: November 12, 1937 
Salvation: January 23, 1946 

Diploma, Toronto Bible College, 

B.A. (honorable mention) Grace 

College, 1960 
M.Div. (summacum laude) Grace 

Theological Seminary, 1963 
M.A. St. Francis College 
NDEA Institute in Applied 
English Linguistics, (North 
Carolina A & T State 
University, 1968) 
Ph.D. Purdue University, 1974 

Th.M. Grace Theological 
Seminary, 1976 
Favorite Biblical Books: Revelation, Hebrews, 

Amos, Acts 
Favorite Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:9 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Literature, 

Bible, music, horses, computers 
Favorite Subject to Teach: English (language, 

literature), Greek, guitar 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: 1966 
Marriage: August 15, 1958, to Grace Bendall 
Children: Stephen (21), Lynnette (18) 
Hobbles: Music, horse showing 
Latest Accomplishment: Film background 

for Ken Anderson film "Lost Gold 

Mine." Arranged and performed with 

other musicians. 



r. D. Brent Sandy 

Assistant Professor Classical and Ancient 

rthdate: March 19, 1947 
Ivation: 1953 
iucation: B.A., Grace College, 1969 

Graduate work at State Univer- 
sity of New York at 

M.Div., Grace Theological 
Seminary, 1973 (cum laude) 

Ph.D., Duke University, 1977 
ivorite Biblical Books: Psalms, Philippians, 
Colossians, Ephesians 
ivorite Scripture: Romans 1 1 ;33 
ivorite Topics of Discussion: My family, 
Biblical topics, my profession 
ivorite Subject to Teach: Biblical courses, 
because of the direct relevance of content 
to the student and teacher 
ined Grace Faculty: September 1970 (part 
time), January 1978 (full time) 
arriage: June 26, 1971 , to Cheryl Ackerly 
lildren: Jason (8), Jaron (6) 
)bbies: Carpentry, photography, music 
test Accomplishment: Recipient of govern- 
ment-sponsored research grant for summer 
of 1982; scheduled to attend the Inter- 
national Congress on Papyrology in 
Naples, Italy, to read a paper this 

White Water Excursion 

Four Fun-Filled Days 
Through Wild, Wet Wonderful West Virginia 

Departure: Bradley, West Virginia, July 1, a.m. 
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Reflections By Still Waters 

e It Ever So Humble, 
There's No Place 

by Charles W. Turner, Editor 

Like Home! 

The great American Dream is described as owning 
your own home. Home to one person is a house on a 
quiet street, tree-lined with some planted flowers to 
give that special touch. It may be modest in nature, 
but it is home. When someone mentions home to an- 
other individual, it may take on the image of the 
place where one spent his childhood days. But home 
is a special word and has that sweet ring, as does 
apple pie, and even sweeter than the name mother. 

Our Missionary Herald Spring Board meetings this 
year were held near Asheville, North Carolina, at the 
Ridgecrest Conference Center. (A great place to have 
national conference one of these days.) The Board 
spent a half-day at one of the more interesting homes 
in the country— The Biltmore House. It was com- 
pleted in 1895 and became the home of George 
Vanderbilt. It took one-thousand workers about five 
years to build it. It is called a "country home" and 
maybe the reason was it took in the major part of the 
country! The grounds on which it was built were 
120,000 acres in size. Now 120,000 acres is an area 
that's a little bit difficult to visualize, and lest some 
of our Iowa farmer friends think this is a misprint, it 
is not! 

The man of the house, Mr. Vanderbilt, had quite a 
view of the estate from his bedroom window. He 
could see Mount Pisgah on the "back forty"— and it 
was only 35 miles away. It took a clear day, of course, 
to be able to accomplish such a feat. If you walked 
through the hallways in the house, it would take a 
stroll of some eight miles on several levels. The house 
has some 140 bedrooms for the help and it is re- 
ported to have about 65 bathrooms. I guess with all 
the luxury, someone still had to wait in the morning 
for their turn! The gardens, greenhouses and stables 
are beautiful. The dining hall is just plain awesome 

and, if you like swimming pools, exercise rooms, and 
the most handsome of libraries, you will like The 
Biltmore House. 

You may wonder what it cost. If you have to ask 
or worry about such an item, it is probably out of 
your financial grasp. Fredrick Law Olmstead, the man 
who designed New York's Central Park laid out the 
acres of formal gardens and miles of landscaped road- 
ways. A chess set owned by Napoleon, furnishings 
from Spain and Italy and priceless art are contained 
in the house. George Vanderbilt called it home— be it 
ever so humble. 

I got back from the trip in time to pay my last 
mortgage payment to a local bank, and I, too, along 
with George, call my place home— be it ever so 
humble. George's property is roughly some 240,000 
times as big as mine. I manage to mow my own little 
lawn in about a hour or so and wondered if George 
ever did anything else besides mow. Someone in- 
formed me that he had 1,000 people maintaining the 
property. Such are the responsibilities of the rich— 
from which most of us are spared! 

I rather like my home. It is about the right size for 
June and me and a chubby little Peek-a-Poo called 
Princess. It is mine, as of a few weeks ago. However, 
like all folks, we just keep reaching and looking. So 
one of these days, I will do better, for I am having a 
new one constructed for me by the Master Builder 
and Planner. The accommodations will be more than 
adequate and the scenery will be without the curse. 
The neighbors will be most pleasant and the streets of 
pure gold. The government will have the best of all 
leaders -Jesus Christ being the King of kings and Lord 
of lords. I do hope George makes it and finds out 
what true living is all about— and what a real mansion 
looks like. H 


JUNE '83 



t/olume 45 No. 6 June 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
IISSN-0161-5238) is published 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
l/lanaging Editor, Kenneth Herman 
\rtist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
}epartmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Climbing with Montclair 

6 The Other Half of the Team— Field Secretary Wives 

8 Who Is a Jew? Can a Jew Cease To Be a Jew? 

10 A Tribute to Dr. Robert Collitt 

12 Spotlight on Europe— Leonberg, West Germany 

16 Troublesome Statistics in the incorporate Meeting 

18 Service that Counts 

21 Things and People We Take for Granted 

22 1983 GBC Christian Education Convention 

26 Meet Your WMC National Officers 

27 Board of Evangelism Sponsors a Bilingual Evangelistic 

28 1983 Grace Graduates from Grace Brethren Churches 
30 Head Coach Jim Kessler Sums up the Year 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 20 • 

repcrtecl in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Dr. Raymond Gingrich resigned at 
the Ellet church (Akron, Ohio) and became 
president of the Akron (Ohio) Bible Insti- 
tute on a full-time basis. . . . Tuition costs at 
Grace College for the Fall were announced. 
Tuition was $100 and an additional cost of 
$25.00 for fees. Fees in the seminary con- 
tinued without charge. 

15 YEARS AGO -1968 

Dr. John Davis' new book was an- 
nounced. It was Biblical Numerology. It was 
a BMH publication. . , . The Grace Brethren 
Church of Beaverton, Oregon, was dedicated, 
and Luke Kauffman was the pastor. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated a new edu- 
cational wing, Dean Fetterhoff, pastor. The 
work was done under the direction of 
Superintendent of Construction Joe Taylor. 
. . . Dr. Vance Yoder was the guest organist 
at the First Brethren Church of Wooster, 
Ohio, in honor of the dedication of the new 
church organ. 


Dear Readers, 

The reports are in for the first quarter of 
1983, and we do indeed rejoice. The Lord 
has given us a new record quarter of income 
and a very bright outlook for the future. 
Your help is always needed, along with His, 
as the Herald moves into new opportunities. 

We did have a loss, though. It was one of 
our friends and Herald Board members. Rev. 
Gerald Teeter, who had just recently joined 
our Board, died of a heart attack on Tues- 
day, April 5. He pastored my home church, 
the Ellet Grace Brethren Church of Akron, 
Ohio, as well as being a very good friend. To 
his wife, Lillian, and two daughters— Joy 
and Gay, our love and heartfelt sympathy. 
God loves you and so do we. To Gerald, our 
thanks for his services and good memories.— 
Charles W. Turner 

Cover photo by Vance Christie 


JUNE '83 

The Montclair, California, Grace 
Brethren Church 

Mac Blakley and Mac McGuyre 

by Lorine McGuyre 

"Oh, wow!" he said, gazing off 
at the distant peal<s, "I'd like to 
jump right up there." And fronn the 
look on his face, one could almost 
believe he might try it. We were 
driving along Interstate 10 in 
Southern California. The view for 
miles through La Verne and 
Pomona had been magnificent. The 
towering, snow-covered mountains 
looked so close that nine-year-old 
Darren probably felt he could make 
that leap. 

Although I could sympathize 
with his thinking, I knew the tops 

JUNE '83 


of those mountains were very far 
away; the intervening miles were 
covered with dry, desert-lil<e foot- 
hills. A series of peaks and valleys, 
one could drive to parts of these 
summits, but there were parts in- 
accessible except to experienced 
mountain climbers. Lifting up our 
eyes "unto the hills," we, too, 
could say, "Wow! I'd like to be 

Driving into the parking lot of 
the Montclair Grace Brethren 
Church, we still had a sweeping 
view of some of the California 
mountains. Turning our eyes from 
that, we looked at our lovely little 
church, and we were reminded how 
the journey of this small congrega- 
tion has been like trying to reach 
those mountaintops. 

The work began in the home of 
the Victor Meyers family almost 
30 years ago. It was then moved to 
a large greenhouse located in front 
of what is now our parking lot. The 
next pastor, Harold Painter, led us 
through a building program. The 
educational unit behind that was 
begun during the ministry of Pastor 
Allen Herr and completed under 
Pastor Duane Bartel. 

In many respects we are still 
climbing here at Montclair. We have 
discovered that the trip with the 
Lord is always exciting and often- 
times difficult. 

The beginning drive through the 
traffic of city ordinance red tape 
hindered in many ways and caused 
us to feel slowed down. Finally, 
reaching the foothills, we saw the 
buildings up and growth begin. 
Then there were dry weeks, cactus 
snags of unbelief, and pastoral 
changes which left us without 
guides. Some members fell over 
cliffs of church problems. Some be- 
came foot weary and stopped off 
where there seemed to be more re- 

Through the discouraging foot- 
hill days, there was always the em- 
powering of our precious Lord; 
there was always the encourage- 
ment of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. An occasional burst 
of energy would land us on a hill- 
top. We would excitedly praise our 

Lord, and tell the Council that 
perhaps now we could make the 
trip alone. But, deep chasms ap- 
peared and the downhill trips were 
fast and calamitous. 

Hurt and battered a few of the 
faithful would pick up the pieces of 
the church life. Each time, the up- 
ward climb was more difficult, but 
great lessons of faith were learned. 
Just as the heroes of Hebrews 1 1 
often faced difficulties, and earthly 
reward seemed to be only jury and 
death (vv. 4, 35-39), we, too, 
learned true faith brings optimism 
and enthusiasm despite problems. 

This was our discouraged condi- 
tion when Pastor Jim Fredericks 
and his family arrived nearly two 
years ago. "Poor guy," we said, 
"he doesn't know what he is get- 
ting into." Yet we have sometimes 
glimpsed the same look on his face 
as on nine-year-old Darren. "Oh, 
wow!" it says. "I'd like to climb 
right up there." We know there is 
a yearning in his heart, as there is in 
ours, to do a great work for God in 
Montclair. Let me share with you 
what we are seeing as we again 
begin to climb. 

First of all, our pastor knows the 
secret of greatness ("Whosoever will 
be great among you, let him be 
your servant"-Matt. 20:26). With a 
servant's heart, his desire is to be 
like his Lord (Matt. 10:25), to 
know and accept His will (Luke 
12:47) and to do it. It is Pastor 
Jim's firm intent to faithfully 
minister the Word to our hearts so 
that we in turn will give our lives to 
this same greatness. We see his de- 
sire to improve in the Spirit and de- 
livery so hearts and minds are 
reached. He daily prays for each of 
us, and we in turn pray much for 

Sometimes, our falls were disas- 
trous because we were not well pre- 
pared—some never got far from the 
door of salvation. Pastor Jim has 
been faithful in discipling and 
teaching new Christians. Home 
Bible study groups are meeting; 
men are studying on church work 
days; women are meeting weekly. 
Evangelism classes have started with 
prayer groups, and calling has 

begun. The laity is getting prepared 
and involved. Growth is coming. 
Six new members have recently 
been added. 

Pastor Jim says that the biggest 
change is seeing people caring for 
and sharing the Gospel. People 
from a very large congregation in 
our area have a great enthusiasm 
for their church. Each time one 
talks to a member, he or she in- 
variably inserts an invitation to his 
church into the conversation. We 
are beginning to see that kind of in- 
volvement in our group. "People 
are getting a sense of their part in 
the work," says Pastor Jim. 

Since most of our membership 
are young adults, there are few of 
us who could say, "We never did it 
that way." And we never do. Look- 
ing back, those of us who are older 
can be grateful for the many who 
were here in the beginning years. 
We can praise God for the pastors 
who have also served us. 

Those who remember are thank- 
ful for the two "Macs,"— Mac 
Blakley and Mac McGuyre— who 
have helped hold together a dis- 
couraged group. Looking back 
down the hill we almost all can say 
with our oldest member, Carol 
Colburn (nearly 90), "It has all 
been good." 

We still have moments of wist- 
fully thinking we would like to leap 
to the top. Our road has been 
slower, more winding and quite 
bumpier than most. Sometimes we 
have had to shift gears. Sometimes 
we have had to put huge rocks of 
faith behind the wheels so we 
wouldn't go over the cliffs. 

The road may have been long; 
there have been no sudden leaps, 
but we recognize the needs of the 
past miles. Our desire is still to 
"reach forth unto those things 
which are before," and "press to- 
ward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus" 
(Phil. 3:13-14). 

Montclair is looking to the moun- 
taintop. Will you pray for us? ■ 

(Editor's note: Lorine McGuyre is a 
member of ttie Montclair Grace 
Brethren Church.) 


JUNE '83 

The Other Half of the Team - 

For many years, the Brethren 
Home Missions field secretaries 
have traveled many miles through- 
out the country helping new chur- 
ches begin, speaking on behalf of 
the BHMC, or working with estab- 
lished churches in crisis situations. 
It is not a glamourous job— there 
are long hours on the road and days 
away from home and loved ones. 

The times with the family are 
precious and even then, they are 
marked with urgent long-distance 
calls that go on for hours. 

These men sacrifice much for 
the work to which God has called 
them. But the rewards are there- 
seeing new churches start and begin 
growing, seeing souls saved, and 
watching God work in seemingly 
impossible situations. 

Likewise, God has called capable 
women to be their help-meets. As 
families are growing up, they keep 
the home fires burning, creating a 
shelter from the hectic schedule of 
travel, speaking engagements and 
meetings. In recent years, several 
have had the opportunity to travel 
with their husbands and personally 
share in this important ministry. 

Being a field secretary is not just 

by Genny Pifer 

Although I wasn't reared in a 
Christian home, I was aware of my 
lost condition at a very early age 
because of the influence of a godly 
grandmother. She would often say 
to me, "The Word (or the Good 
Book) says, 'Ye must be born 
again.' " 

When I was a senior in high 

school, my mother died and I felt 
desolate. Friends invited me to the 
First Brethren Church in Rittman, 
Ohio, where I accepted Christ as 
my Saviour. At a youth camp the 
following summer, I indicated 
publicly my desire to become a 
missionary or go anywhere He 
might lead. (I really wanted to be a 
pastor's wife, but hesitated to tell 
that.) I continued to attend the 
Brethren Church and grew under 
the ministry of Dr. and Mrs. L. L. 
Grubb, and, particularly, a cousin 
who discipled me faithfully. I was 
active in teaching children and sing- 

I noticed a young man attending 
church with his sister. Lester Pifer 
attended several weeks and he, too, 
became a Christian. The following 
summer, at national youth confer- 
ence, he indicated his desire for the 

We served in a gospel team with 
other young people from the 
church. We held services at the 
Rescue Mission in Akron, Ohio, 
other youth groups, rest homes, 
and any place we could go. I sang 
with a trio and Lester and another 
young man took turns bringing the 

Feeling the need for more prepa- 

ration, we went to Bryan College in 
Dayton, Tennessee, after we were 
married in May 1941. As the first 
married couple to attend that col- 
lege, the administration didn't want 
us to come as they had no facilities 
for married couples. However, we 
insisted that God was leading us 

They finally permitted us to 
attend, so with about $200, our 
youth, and a lot of faith, we began 
school. We both attended classes 
and worked about every job there 
was to be done on campus. Our 
ministries consisted of preaching 
and singing at street meetings, in 
homes and in a little log chapel 
seven miles up the mountain. 
Philippines 4:19 was the promise 
we claimed through our training. 

Since that time, God has taken 
us through Grace Theological Semi- 
nary at Winona Lake, Indiana; and 
pastorates at South Bend, Indiana; 
and Fremont, Ohio. There have 
been many promises we leaned on 
through the good times and the 
bad. We believed if we obeyed the 
commands of God in a faithful 
ministry as commanded in the ordi- 
nation from 2 Timothy 2, He 
would take care of the rest, and 
that Hebrews 13:6 would be true, ■ 


JUNE '83 


Field Secretary Wives 

a one-man ministry. It becomes a 
team ministry. Wfiile tlie husband 
counsels a young pastor, the wife 
offers encouragement to his wife. 
The ladies are actively involved in 
planning workshops and special 
treats for the home missions 
pastors' wives, while their husbands 
are arranging special training 
sessions for the men. The women 
offer prayer support as their hus- 

bands go into difficult situations. 
The list could go on. 

The old adage says, "Behind 
every successful man is a good 
woman. " In our case we could say , 
"Behind every successful field 
secretary is a good (and godly) 
woman. " Each wife, although very 
different, certainly matches the 
standards set in Proverbs 3 1 . 

We recently asked these ladies- 

Mrs. Lester Pifer, Mrs. Robert 
Thompson, Mrs. William Byers, and 
Mrs. William Smith- to share their 
testimonies in Heartline, the news- 
letter for home missions pastors' 
wives. We thought you would enjoy 
meeting these behind-the-scenes 
women, so we are reprinting two of 
them this month. We will conclude 
the series in July with the final two. 

by Betty Thompson 

Most of my life I was a movie 
fan, that is until just before Christ- 
mas 1953. The door bell rang one 
afternoon and I found myself 
ordering three magazines from a 
persuasive salesman and, of course, 
one was Photoplay, a very popular 
movie magazine. I was really look- 
ing forward to receiving this maga- 
zine every month, for, you see, I 
knew every movie idol inside and 
out. I knew who they were married 
to, how many times they had been 
married, how many children they 
had. Yes, I really followed the 
movies. Little did I know I would 
soon be following my Lord instead. 

Bob's brother had been witness- 
ing to us for two months about 
what the Lord had been doing in 
his life since his acceptance of Him 
as his personal Saviour. We could 
see the big change in his life style, 
the urgency of his voice, and the 
fervency of his witnessing. I prom- 
ised him I would take my two chil- 
dren and go to church. Bob and I 
had attended the First Brethren 
Church at Fifth and Cherry in Long 
Beach, California, on an Easter 
morning about six years before. I 
remembered it being big, beautiful 

and impressive, so I decided on that 
one. Once inside the Ibecca Sunday 
school class, I forgot all about the 
appearance of the room. However, 
I can tell you to this day exactly 
what the teacher was teaching and 
the Scripture text. It was the story 
of Jacob and Esau. 

I couldn't wait to tell Bob where 
I had gone and what I had heard. It 
must have made an impression on 
him because we all went together 
the following Sunday. We were 
gloriously saved that Sunday and, 
of course, our lives were changed 
for the better. 

I have always followed my hus- 
band, for I have always been an 
obedient wife. I followed him from 
base to base while he was in phase 
training while a cadet in the Air 
Force during World War II. Then, I 
followed him while a salesman. 
Then, I followed him through his 
schooling and into the ministry. 
Now, for the last 17 years, I have 
followed him all over the United 
States as he works for the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. 

Following Bob has made life in- 
teresting and exciting, but my fol- 
lowing the Lord has given life real 
meaning and purpose. To live for 
Him and to be a witness and testi- 

mony each day before my relatives, 
friends, and the unsaved, is a real 
blessing as well as a challenge. 

Yes, I followed the movies— it 
was smart to have knowledge about 
the actors and actresses. However, I 
had been chosen before the founda- 
tion of the earth to follow my Lord 
and Saviour. Oh yes! I paid for all 
three magazines but never received 
one copy o^ Photoplay, no not one. 
He wanted me to follow Him. 
Praise the Lord. ■ 


JUNE '83 




Jeremiah 31:3: Presents God's 
love. "The Lord hath appeared of 
old unto me, saying, Yea, I have 
loved thee with an everlasting 
love: therefore with lovingkind- 
ness have I drawn thee." 

Isaiah 59:2: Man's sin. "But your 
Iniquities have separated between 
you and your God, and your sins 
have hid his face from you, that 
he will not hear." 

Leviticus 17:11: Atonement 
necessary. "For the life of the 
flesh is in the blood: and I have 
given it to you upon the altar 
to make an atonement for your 
souls: for it is the blood that 
maketh an atonement for the 

Psalm 49:7-8, 16: Not by Mitz- 
vah's (works). "None of them can 
by any means redeem his brother, 
nor give to God a ransom for 
him: (For the redemption of their 
soul is precious, and it ceaseth for 
ever:) ... Be not thou afraid 
when one is made rich, when the 
glory of his house is increased." 

Isaiah 53:5-6, 11. God's provi- 
sion. "But he was wounded for 
our transgressions, he was bruised 
for our iniquities: the chastise- 
ment of our peace was upon him; 
and with his stripes we are healed. 
All we like sheep have gone 
astray; we have turned every one 
to his own way; and the Lord 
hath laid on him the iniquity of 
us all. ... He shall see of the 
travail of his soul, and shall be 
satisfied: by his knowledge shall 
my righteous servant justify 
many; for he shall bear their 

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust. Trust in 
the Lord with all thine heart; and 
lean not unto thine own under- 
standing. In all thy ways acknowl- 
edge him, and he shall direct thy 

Rev. Doyle Miller 

Who Is a Jew? 

Can a Jew 

Cease to Be a Jew? 

by Rev. Doyle E. Miller 

Hebrew=Yehud=Jew: members 
of the tribe of Judah and later ap- 
plied to all residents of the South- 
ern Kingdom. 

In recent months, I have had 
many discussions with Jewish 
people on the issue of "Who is a 
Jew?" I have come to the conclu- 
sion that there are a variety of dif- 
ferent answers. Some of the 
answers were: "A Jewish person is 
one who practices Judaism"; "One 
who is born to Jewish parents"; 
"One who has a Jewish mother"; 
"One who converts to Judaism"; or 
"One who speaks Hebrew and lives 
in Israel." One statement I heard re- 
cently was "Everyone has a little 
Jew in them." I could say all of the 
above are correct, but I believe that 
somewhere in these various answers 
we can draw a definition. 

The most accepted definition 
among world Jewry is the Ha/akhic 
definition, which is "A child born 
of Jewish parents or a convert to 
Judaism, are considered Jews, pos- 

sessing both the sanctity 
Jewish people (Exod. 19:6 
the obligation to observe th 
mandment." As anticipate 
Law and obedience to the L 
a part of this definition. 

In the land of Israel, wil 
dren of mixed marriages, t 
much discussion to changi 
secular definition. "It is felt i 
circles that identification w 
Jewish people and its fate 
constitute sufficient groun 
being considered a Jew." 

I hold to the view of 
parentage; secondly, to the 
mother definition, but, in 
mixed marriages result in 

God has the answers 
Word. He spoke the people < 
nation into existence long 
they were referred to the I 
word "Jews" in 2 Kings 11 
Genesis 12:1-3 and Exodt 
God pronounced a people, a 
and a land. Within the pron- 


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am-Genesis 12:1-9; 13:1-18 
he greatest promise- to man- 
Jew and Gentile alil<e— tlie 
ih-Genesis 12:3— for all fami- 
II nations, all who accept Him 
jssiah. It involves individual 

Jewisli evangelism, we hear a 
arguments about a Jew be- 
9 a Gentile when he believes 
us. I realize that in the com- 
ries we read about Jews who 
to be Jews by following other 
ns, but nowhere in God's 
does He say "you will cease 
Israelites, Hebrews or Jews." 
when the people were diso- 
it to God— they remained 
jod pronounced them to be— 
al, if not spiritual, descend- 
f Abraham. These continued 
•eferred to as Jews, 
odemus was confused about 
ue of being "born again." He 
i it to his physical birth and 
assibly he was thinking "can I 
:k and be born a Gentile?" 
was speaking of spiritual birth 
ie family of God resulting in 
ily citizenship. 

J New Testament teaches that 
does not cease to be Jewish 
he accepts the Messiah Jesus 
Dm. 11:1). ■ 

Prayer Requests 
thren Messianic Testimony 

pray for: 

H., a close neighbor of the 
>rs, who is close to accepting 
sf as her personal Saviour. 

Berg family. Their daughter 
been in the hospital for treat- 
t of anorexia. The Gospel has 
I shared with her, but she has 
been receptive. 

TIME worker, Kathy Herald 
'outh Bend, Indiana, has ar- 
i and is assisting in the 
mer programs of the work. 

■h ministries and campus out- 
h during the summer months. 

health and safety of the mis- 
3ry team: Rev. Doyle and 
u'e Miller and Isabel Fraser. 


Pastor and Mrs. Charles Barnhill 

Charles W. Barnhill is 
the new pastor at the 
Sebring, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church. He 
preached his first sermon 
on Sunday, April 3 

Barnhill goes to Sebring fronn the Southview Grace Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio, where he has been assistant pastor 
since May 1981. He attended Ashland College and Ohio State 
University and is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, 
Ashland, Ohio. He and his wife, Lauretta, have three children- 
Rodney, 21 and a student at Grace College; Melissa, 17: and 
Laura, 16, both at home and in high school. ■ 


Indiana 46590, no 
pay when you pick 

You are invited to refresh your- 
self, after toiling in the harvest 
fields, at the Brethren Home Mis- 
V sions Harvest Banquet on Wednes- 
I day, August 3 (during national con- 
ference). Served buffet style, it will 
be held at 1 p.m. in the Grace College 
Dining Commons in Winona Lake, In- 
diana. Cost for the meal is $7.50 and 
the menu includes all the roast beef, 
ham and chicken you can eat, plus a variety 
of vegetables, salads, and desserts! 

Reserve your tickets now by completing 
the form below and returning it to the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Box 587, Winona Lake, 
later than July 15. Do not send money now. You may 
them up at the hospitality booth at conference. ■ 

Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 

Harvest Banquet 

1 p.m., Wednesday, August 3 

Dining Commons, Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Yes, we will be there. 

Number in party . 



Do not send money. 

Tickets will be available 
at the conference 
hospitality booth. 

Return no later than 

July 15 to 

The Brethren Home 

Missions Council Inc. 

Box 587 

Winona Lake, Indiana 



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A Tribute to 
Dr. Robert Collitt 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 

Executive Secretary 
Brethren Home Missions Council 

In the Book of Genesis we read, "And Enoch 
walked with God, and was not, for God took him" 
(Gen. 5:24). Dr. Robert B. Collitt was a man who 
walked with and was suddenly taken into the pres- 
ence of the Lord. 

Bob was the son of Albert and Grace (Walborn) 
Collitt and was born on February 27, 1923, at Wilkes- 
Barre, Pennsylvania. He was married to Flo Melleck in 
1946 and to this union was born two daughters, 
Jacque Wangsvick of El Cajon, California; and Kathie 
Jordon of Hagerstown, IVlaryland. Flo went to be 
with her Lord in 1974. He is survived by his wife, 
Arlene, and her daughter Cindy Goetz of Greencastle, 
Pennsylvania, and three grandchildren. 

Bob began his training at Bryan College, Dayton, 
Tennessee, and completed his college work at Ash- 
land College, Ashland, Ohio. Degrees in education 
and psychology were received from Ashland College. 
His Doctor of Divinity degree was received after com- 
pleting graduate work at Bowling Green, Ohio. 

He served three years as associate director for 
Youth For Christ International. In that capacity, he 
traveled to 45 different countries, ministering in Cen- 
tral and South America, Europe, Great Britain, 
Africa, and Asia. While based in Mexico City, he 
organized the 1958 World Youth Congress for 2,000 

He served as pastor of the Church of Christ in 
Greenwich, Ohio, from 1950 to 1959. Early in this 
ministry Bob's dedication to world missions produced 
18 people to enter into full-time service including 
Rev. Don Ropp, a veteran missionary to the West 
Indies whom he has supported through these years. 

His ministry at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Hagerstown covered a period from 1963 to 1978. He 
was a very popular speaker and his biblical ministry 
was always progressive, dynamic and yet compassion- 
ate with a deep desire to see souls come to Christ. His 
church grew and became a strong supporter of world 
missions and particularly Brethren Home iVIissions 
and its ministry at Dryhill, Kentucky. In 1976, this 
local church gave $60,000 to home and foreign 
missions. Many individuals also entered full-time 
Christian service as a result of his ministry at Hagers- 

His live broadcast, "The Family Altar," conducted 
daily over Radio Station WJEJ received very high 
ratings during his tenure. His "thought for the day" 
appeared daily on the huge bulletin board of the 
Sears store following the broadcast. In addition, he 
was heard over various radio stations during the Breth- 

Dr. Robert Collitt 

ren Hour, Moments of Meditation and live Sunday 
church service broadcasts. 

His final pastoral ministry was at the Ghent Grace 
Brethren Church in Roanoke, Virginia, during 1978 
and 1979. In 1972, he served as moderator of the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches. He was elected 
to the Board of Trustees of Grace Schools in 1963 
and served as vice president of the board from 1966 
to 1975. 

While in Hagerstown, he served as chaplain to the 
police department for five years, and was involved 
with the Hagerstown Rescue Mission and the Cedar 
Ridge Children's Home. Since moving to Warsaw, In- 
diana, in the fall of 1982, he has been a member of 
the Warsaw Kiwanis Club. 

His love for worldwide missions, the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, and the local church, led 
him to consider seriously and accept the call to 
become director of the Grace Brethren Missions 
Stewardship Service in 1979. He and his wife, Arlene, 
spent considerable time traveling to Grace Brethren 
Churches throughout this country counseling individ- 
uals concerning stewardship opportunities within the 
missionary organizations of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches and in local church ministries. 
This service climaxes his work on this earth and will 
have lasting dividends in mission support into the 
future both at home and abroad. 

Bob was a dear friend of mine, a relationship that 
began at his arrival on Bryan College campus years 
ago. I have always respected his desire to see the 
Lord's work accomplished in good taste, perfection 
and always in a warm and friendly manner. His pas- 
sion for lost souls, his burning desire to get the 
Gospel to the lost, and his strong dedication to his 
calling sets a beautiful example for all. When God's 
call came to leave this work early in the morning of 
the first day of the week, April 10, 1983, he was 
ready to meet his Lord. And as the Apostle Paul says, 
". . . and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 
4:17). ■ 


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Box 587 • Winona Lake, IN • 46590 

fipot&gdt on Su/iope 



light of the expanding mis- 

:.ermany, it was decided to 

investigate towns neighboring Stuttgart in 
which to begin a new church-planting work. 
During the process, Leonberg was reconn- 

An overview of the city 


City: Leonberg, West Germany 

Size: 40,000 

Missionaries: Dave and Kathy Manduka, 
Dan and Denise Ramsey 

Pressing Prayer Requests: Reaching more 
people; the salvation of Helmut Jobi 
and his family, Marion von Wallenberg 
and her family, Fritz, the Brauns, the 
Helms, the Finckers, the Zeckais, the 

mended as a possible candidate in the search. 

Once a medieval town perched upon a 
small outcrop of rock, Leonberg is now a 
growing modern city of 40,000 with easy and 
close access to neighboring towns. Leonberg 
incorporates both the old city proper as well 
as the suburbs of Ramtel, Warmbronn, Eltin- 
gen, Hofingen, Gerbersheim and Silberberg. 
Visitor and resident may enjoy in these com- 
munities the picturesque beauty of the old 
and the convenience of the modern. 

Leonberg is not unchurched. The old city 
has its church building adorned with aging 
frescoes and associated with age-old traditions. 
There are modern buildings as well. Metho- 
dists, Adventists, New Apostolics and various 
fellowship groups operate within and apart 
from the Lutherans and Roman Catholics, the 
two state-recognized churches. 

The large membership claimed by these 
churches does not accurately represent their 
spiritual health. Out of 40,000 residents, true 

Christians probably number less than 300. 
Groups having a strong biblical heritage are no 
longer clearly and firmly resting upon the 
Scriptures. Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and 
other cults persistently seek their converts. 
Leonberg was indeed the type of town for 
which the Grace Brethren missionary team in 
Germany was seeking— a town of significant 
population with great spiritual need and with 
no groups who are reaching the people with 
the whole counsel of God. 

The first missionary couple, Dave and 
Kathy Manduka, moved to Leonberg in the 
fall of 1982. There was no core group of 
Christians with which to begin, neither did 
they know more than one unsaved family in 
the area. Their goal of establishing a Christ- 
honoring local body of believers meant much 
more than teaching the Word. It demanded 
and demands seeking and building relation- 
ships which would allow the sharing of the 
Gospel in the German culture and the disci- 


JUNE '83 


The greatest need in Leonberg 

and in all Germany is a hunger 

for God" 

Dave, Kathy and Christopher Manduka 

:14 JUNE '83 FIVIS==^^ 

pling of those who receive it. 

The second couple, Dan and Denise 
Ramsey, are expected in Leonberg within the 
year. They, too, will face this joyous and 
difficult challenge. As they establish them- 
selves in the community, they will be able to 
build upon natural opportunities; shopping, 
casual meetings of neighbors, visits to the post 
office, and so forth. Further opportunities 
can be sought by attending community 
events, participating in educational programs, 
inviting people into their home and visiting 
them in their homes. 

Through this, a broader base of acquaint- 
ances has already been established. Whereas, 
communication barriers that were once ob- 
vious are being lowered and people are sharing 
on deeper levels. After a year and a half, 
though, there have been no converts, but 
some are now open to hearing the Word and 
continue to ask questions. 

God is at work in their lives and this causes 
rejoicing within the team. Much prayer is yet 
needed. A local Christian summarized it well 
when he said, "The greatest need in Leonberg 
and in all of Germany is a hunger for God." 
Please pray that God will give people a hunger 
for Him and that He will draw those people to 
Himself, forming His church in Leonberg. ■ 

Graee Brethren 

Foreign Missions Happenings 

at JKTational Conference 

Sunday, July 31 2:30 p.m. 

Missions Rally 

Featuring furloughed missionaries 
and the latest news from the fields 

Monday, August 1 

Christian Education 
Convention Workshops 

10:30 a.m. "Creatively Supporting Missionary 
Candidates" by Eric Smith, ap- 
pointee to the Philippines 

2:00 p.m. "Establishing an Effective Missions 
Commission" by Wendell Kent and 
Jesse Deloe 

Tuesday, August 2 

Foreign Missions Day 

8:20 a.m. Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
Corporation Meeting 
Concluding with the Commissioning 
Service of 22 appointees leaving 
this fall 

1:00 p.m. Foreign Missions Luncheon 

Providing an opportunity to meet 
our new appointees 

7:30 p.m. Foreign Missions Challenge Hour 

Presenting a brand-new 16mm film 
on our mission in the Central 
African Republic 

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Statistics in tlte 


In the smoke- 
filled room the ex- 
ecutive meeting for the 
council on European affairs 
was progressing nicely. En- 
couraging reports from all over 
were received by the "chair- 
man," who welcomed the 
spread of violence, crime, 
hatred, envy, and lying. 

The tone changed, however, 
as executive #35472 began to 

"We're, ah, . . . having a bit 
of trouble in our sector with 
the group of Grace Brethren 

They've always been a pesky 
group on the whole, but re- 
cently they have been making 
untimely advances in our terri- 
tory of Western Europe, one 
of our historical strongholds. 
Frankly, we're not sure exact- 
ly what course to follow to 
halt their progress." 

The chairman's smile had 
quickly faded. "All right, staff, 
let's have some good sugges- 

tions for #3E 

Yes, in the cor 


ment is alw< 

good tac 

Point out 

the culture 

• ' which they 

working is ' 

Christian' and 

their efforts a 

small that they c 

not possibly havi 

real influence. 

mind them in th 

or so years that they 

been missionaries in Fi 

and Germany that hoarc 

people have not acce 

their, excuse the exprej 

Saviour. It works every 

Get them concentrating 

negative circumstances 

problems in the work, 

their progress will come 

screeching halt and, yes, 

begin to reverse itself!" 

Nods and smiles shi 
that the majority wer 
agreement. But #35472 
shaking his head. 

"We've tried that, of cc 
but with no appreciable n 
this time. They seem cor 


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:o do what they can in 

nally fulfilling what they 

to as the 'Great Commis- 

and they seem quite en- 

ged with the progress 

las been made. Recently, 

intelligence sources have 

3d that they plan to call 

einforcements, bringing 

number in Europe to 100 

ore. They want to begin 

in new cities and even 

co-workers into other 

Dean countries— such as 

have done in England." 

was cut off by the grow- 

murmur that filled the 

. Then another executive 

the floor. 

ome cases are harder than 
s, but don't despair. 
r resources are always 
ible. In our sector we 
had great success in fan- 
personal differences into 
bitterness, resentments, 
)pen conflict. Certainly it 
3t easy for your little 
) to work together. They 
all have those little 
in idosyncrasies which 
jecome so abominable to 
other. That's my advice- 
discord in their ranks. 
I them jealous of the 
jst success that some en- 
and they will become 
ineffective. This is par- 
jrly useful since they can 
nue to go through the 
Dns of doing their job, 
as long as they harbor 
usies, they will make 
selves useless. Soon the 
ping and backbiting will 
and you will have no 
worry as to any 

jplause ripped through 
crowd. Indeed, even the 
man smiled, as it was one 

of his favorite tactics. But 
#35472 was again shaking his 

"I agree that this is a won- 
derful suggestion, but unfortu- 
nately it has also been used 
but to no avail. We have labored 
with their working relation- 
ships until we were blue in the 
face, and just when we had a 
good case of 'hurt feeling' 
which could blossom into 
something important, they in- 
sisted on confessing it to their 
President and straightening 
things out with each other, 
which, as you know, actually 
strengthens their relationships. 
A most disgusting turn of 
events, you may be sure. 
These Europe missionaries 
seem to have a sense of team- 
work and a love for each 
other. No lasting results have 
been achieved with this 
method, though, I assure you, 
we are constantly pursuing 
goals in this direction." 

The room fell silent. No 
more suggestions were offered. 
Those that dared to regard the 
chairman could see that he 
was becoming irritated. Final- 
ly one of the senior executives 
rose to his feet. 

"Let us commend you, 
#35472, for the work that 
you have been directing in 
your sector. I would like to 
suggest that you approach the 
problem from a totally differ- 
ent viewpoint. It has long been 
recognized in human wars that 
if the battle is not going well 
at the front, the logical thing 
to do is to cut off the supply 
route. Please allow me to ex- 
plain. As missionaries, these 
cantankerous humans must be 
supported by those in their 
native country, correct? Now 

if you could persuade their 
supporters that the battle was 
unimportant, or at least secon- 
dary to a private interest, the 
support, both financial and 
spiritual, will dwindle to next 
to nothing, making the work 
of the missionaries impossible. 
Without prayer support, their 
ministries become quite sterile 
and without adequate finan- 
cial support they are con- 
sumed by fund-raising efforts 
that leave them no time for 
missionary work." 

#35472 was listening close- 
ly. Obviously this was a new 

"Now it doesn't matter so 
much how you divert the at- 
tention in the home country 
from their missionary respon- 
sibility. You can use discour- 
agement there, or personality 
conflicts on a national scale 
within their fellowship as have 
already been suggested. Or 
perhaps you could cause a 
division over some religious 
practice. You see, the issue 
can even be an important one, 
whose consideration would 
normally be very dangerous 
for us. But if it can be directed 
to cause division and to make 
the ministries in far away 
countries seem of secondary 
importance— well, then, my 
friend, we have won again." 

As the senior executive sat 
down, applause thundered 
through the chamber. The 
chairman rose to his feet, 
thanking the executives for 
their suggestions and giving his 
hearty approval to the last sug- 

"And #35472," he warned, 
"you had better succeed this 

"Meeting dismissed." ■ 


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Vernie Abbott 

by Bob Belohlavek 

The names in this article will not 
be changed so the truth can be 

No voices. No visions. No giant 
blueprints in the sl<y. 

Rather, Al Balzer introducing 
the worl<. Margaret Hull presenting 
the need. And God working super- 
naturally behind the scenes through 
natural means . . . creating a simul- 

taneous desire and conviction "to 
come over and help." 

Vernie saw that God could use 
him (just as he was), so he said, 
"Okay, God, do it." 

This sounds simple, doesn't it? 
Almost convicting. As if God really 
could use "normal" people to 
accomplish His work. 

That's exactly right! 

He went and took his wife. Their 
first hitch of service lasted 11 
months. Over 25 Stateside people 
committed to praying and giving 
had made their first short-term ex- 
perience a reality. His job descrip- 
tion said construction; hers, a Heinz 
57 variety (sewing, cooking, clean- 
ing, assisting other ladies). 

Their first step? Sango language 
study in a sweltering 4x4 cubicle. 
Just shy of two months of study 
and after much perspiration, one of 
the two of them uttered, "Nuts to 
the studies, let's get to work." Sur- 
prising even themselves, the Sango 
started coming (not magically, but 
consistently— one sentence at a 

Their first impressions were 
varied. No TV! No telephone. A 
different day-by-day pace. Sudden- 
ly they were together more than 



him. What a great help they were! 
And then he came back for more. 

This man was introduced to us 
as Vernie Abbott. Clad with cow- 
boy boots and a genuine western 
drawl, he rolled into Yaioke with 
one suitcase and one footlocker. 
This time he would stay for about 
36 days. Jet lag was real (I don't 
think he ever totally readjusted to 
sleeping all night long). 

It was a real joy having Vernie 
live with us. He was a genuine en- 
couragement to our whole station. 

Why? Because he had come to 
serve in a physical ministry (build- 
ing a hospital and any other odds-n- 
ends that popped up on the station). 
His help relieved us of tensions that 

would normally have minimized 
our effectiveness in building a 
stronger African church. 

Vernie enjoys doing what He 
knows the Lord wants him to do. 
He says he'd be interested in con- 
sidering returning again some day. 
But wait . . . maybe God is speaking 
to you right now with a "spiritual 

Each of our larger stations could 
use help now. We've plenty of new 
construction projects, continued re- 
pairs, and general mechanical work 
available. Vernie admits that any- 
one who has the ability to see 
something from scratch to finish 
(general forming and layout), who 
is flexible enough to improvise, and 
who is willing to hang loose in over- 
seeing African workers would do 
just fine. 

You could occupy a distinguished 
role, even on a short-term basis and 
help us strengthen the African 

Don't brush this article off as 
"he's talking to someone else." God 
is in the business of using people 
where they are, just as he had made 
them to accomplish His purposes. 

Would you "come over and help" 
in a service that will count for 
eternity? ■ 


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they had ever been in their married 

Frustrations? They had many. Is 
your life free from them? Realities! 
In Africa the friendly neighborhood 
hardware store man is non-existent. 
Transporting items is slow and 
basic. Everything is fabricated from 

Reactions? He kissed "seeing 
things happen fast" goodbye. 
Prayer helped him not to blow up 
and get bent out of shape when 
things didn't go as he had planned. 

What kind of a man are we talk- 
ing about, anyway? He certainly 
sounds just like us. 

The first time this man arrived, 
he brought his wife. Amy, with 





n Ashland, Ohio. The new sanctuary/auditorium for 
the GBC is almost complete. Seating 1,269, the new 
building also includes three large classrooms, a new 
lobby and restrooms, and is tied to the older main 
building. The GBC of Ashland has been involved in 
three morning worship services for the last three 
years, and will begin a Sunday school-church-Sunday 
school schedule this month. 

Over 300 families or individuals from the church 
recently participated in a "40 Days and 40 Nights" 
personal discipline program related to the people em- 
phasis and the move to the new building. 

□ January 16, 1983, was advertised and promoted as 
a special day for missionary speai<er Eddie Mensinger 
at the Englewood Grace Brethren Church. However, 
it turned out to be a surprise fortieth wedding anni- 
versary party for Pastor and Mrs. Lee Myers. 

In addition to a festive carry-in dinner, there was a 
beautifully decorated cake with a bride and groom on 
top and a "Fortieth" sign (enough to feed over 100) 
and punch was also servfed. 

Dennis, son of the celebrants, and his wife and two 
children from Indianapolis, IN, were present. Carrell 
Nixon (a daughter) had flown in from California the 
night previous to the celebration. Their son-in-law. 
Rev. Terry Nixon, remained in California to care for 
their four children. 

□ Robert D. Arenobine was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on November 28 in the Pike Grace Brethren 
Church where he is serving as associate pastor. The 
ordination message was delivered by Gerald Teeter, 
father-in-law of Robert. Other pastors participating in 
the service were: Robert Moeller, Charles Martin, 
Homer Lingenfelter, Robert Griffith, Richard Corn- 
well and Daniel Eshleman. 

Change ycur annual 

The telephone number for Les Cotsamire should be 
changed to 703/774-5697 / James Heldt, 109 Vil- 
lage Drive, Feasterville, PA 19047 / Richard Horner, 
2934 Maple Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601 / Garth 
Lindelef, 8628 Cedar Street, Bellflower, CA 90706 
(Tel. 213/ 602-0662). Bette is his wife's name. / 
John Mcintosh, 2455 Marie Street, Simi Valley, CA / 
Daniel Ramsey, Malterstr. 2a, 5400 Koblenz-Buben- 
heim. West Germany / Ron Smals, 202 Marlene 
Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 / The correct 
address of the Community Brethren Church is 5839 
Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90022. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

COLLITT, Robert B., 60. Dr. Collitt passed suddenly into 
the presence of the Lord on April 10 in Warsaw, IN. A 
memorial service was held in the Winona Lake (IN) Grace 
Brethren Church and also at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Hagerstown, MD, where he pastored for 15 years. He had 
been actively used in the Grace Brethren Fellowship as a pas- 
tor and more recently as director of the Grace Brethren Mis- 
sions Stewardship Service and executive director of the 
Brethren Board of Evangelism. He also served as moderator 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches in 1971. 
SCHNEIDER, BERNARD N., 76, passed into the presence of 
the Lord on April 2 in Fort Myers, FL. He had served in the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches as the pastor of the 
Covington, VA; Washington, DC; Mansfield (Grace), OH; and 
in the Fort Myers Grace Brethren Church. Memorial services 
were held in Fort Myers and later in Mansfield, OH. 
TEETER, Gerald W., 58, pastor of the Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church, Akron, OH, passed into the presence of his Lord on 
April 5. He had served in the Christian ministry for 35 years, 
being pastor at Covington and Findlay, OH; Martinsburg, PA; 
and Hagerstown (formerly the Gay Street church), MD, prior 
to accepting the pastorship at Ellet. Gerald's son-in-law. Bob 
Arenobine, delivered the memorial message. I 


JUNE '83 


LeRoy Eims, of the Navigators, discusses a leadership topic 
with Knute Larson. "Practice What You Preach" is the title of 
) new CE issue tape with Mr. Eims. Write us for a copy (cost: 

hoping to 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Judy Fairman, Director of SMM 

Things and People We Take For Granted 

It's as American as apple pie and goes even farther to 
lurt a body. 

It happens when you just assume a person will always be 
there, and forget to appreciate and love and support. 

In order of "worstness," perhaps, here are items attached 
to our CE areas of interest that we often take for granted: 

1. God's grace, continually. 

2. Wives. We do treat these best friends and lovers as 
Dart of the woodwork at times. But it can be remedied with 
1 healthy dose of kindness, an evaluation process, and many 
3ye-contact talks (or rather listens). 

3. Husbands. Second verse, same as the first. 

4. Unsaved friends. We need them and they need us! 

5. Nursery and preschool workers. These angels in dis- 
guise give themselves in Mom Etiing fashion service after 
>en/ice, communicating the care of the church and its Lord. 
I'll tell you someone who does appreciate them: Visitors, 
the people seeking a church home! 

And, of course, the babies themselves. 

6. Youth sponsors, or "youth leadership family," as 
they are called in "Reachout" strategy. These friends of the 
teens are the linemen of the church, whose blocking frees 
the young to score for sure. They open their homes and 
hearts with the hospitality of Jesus Christ, and teens are 
born again. Junior high teachers will receive a special 

7. The lay leaders of our churches. Some give so much 
of themselves, while still having to get good at their home 
life and jobs. 

8. Teachers who make house calls. The breed is dying, 
and we need to appreciate the survivors. 

9. People who give regularly to GBC Christian Educa- 
tion, and who pray for us constantly. (When we know 

about you, believe me, we don't take you for granted.) 

10. Veterans. Some of the older people have such 
special hearts, insights, and experiences to share. They are 

11. Little children. They, scientists are saying, are real 

12. Ushers who are cordial and have nerve to take 
people in. 

13. Musicians who smile and are easy to work with. 

14. Pastors' wives. Some get little thanks for the sup- 
portive role they have, and for the many cares they show! 

15. People who print legible bulletins. 

16. Songleaders who don't force you to smile but make 
you want to. 

17. People who sit toward the front so later ones don't 
get embarrassed. Especially those who slide in the pew a 

18. District SMM patronesses. 

19. Trumpet soloists who don't always play it twice as 
fast the second time through. 

20. Room cleaners in the church. 

21. Good church custodians. 

22. People who are able to laugh at themselves a little. 

Maybe you and I can lead the campaign to change it all, 
and get gratitude and appreciation flowing in our homes 
and churches! 

If you could help, I'd surely appreciate it! ■ 

JUNE '83 


1983 GBC Christi 

July 31-Augi 
A Time of Celebrating, 

Sponsored by GBC Christian Education • Box 

Monday, August 1 — 
Hoping To Help . . . 
In Some Practical Ways 

I £>nr pew insights into church 
ministries through twelve tracks of 
CE workshops. Monday workshops 
are designed especially for pastors, 
nnusic ministers, youth workers, 
Sunday school superintendents and 
teachers, and lay men and women 
interested in caring, discipleship, 
evangelism, and missions. A special 
communications track will feature 
three sessions with Faith Venture 
Visuals, specialists in overhead pro- 
jector techniques. 

A record attendance is antici- 
pated. Preregister to assure your 

All workshop locations will be in the 
Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 
corner of Ninth Street and College. Room 
locations will be posted. Preregistration is 
suggested to assure your participation. 
Workshop fees: $7 for individuals, $10 
for couples. Lunch is not included. 


























The Basics 




Faith Venture 



Caring into 
Adult Bible 

John Teevan 


John Willett 

Warmth in 
Bernie Simmons 

Teaching Your 

Overhead Good 

Manners and 

New Tricks 

Faith Venture 



Signs of a 

Knute Larson 


John Willett 


Eric Smith 

Help for 
Developing an 
Active Music 


Jim Currie 

Six Ways to 
Turn Pictures 


Faith Venture 


Five Phases 
of a Lasting 

AfarA Senter 

a 5-10 


r Plan 



a Caring 

Ell Cashman 

an Effective 


Wendell Kent 
Jesse Deloe 

a Worship 


Helpful Hints 


Ruth Senter 



Styles in 


/War* Senter 


Ruth Senter 


How to 

Organize a 


Choir Ministry 

Maxine Currie 






Monday, p.m.-CE Awards 

Rejoice with us and honored churches as we 
recognize Sunday School division winners. 
Church of the Year, Sunday School of the 
Year, Senior Medal of Ministry, and other 
recognition awards. The 6:30 p.m. service will 
include a special report and testimonies from 
CE's Nehemiah team, returning from four 
weeks in Brazil. 

Two Special Breakfasts 

Enjoy one or both of CE's breakfasts held August 1 
and August 2. A special breakfast for pastors and 
wives and CE workers will be on Monday morning, 
August 1. Mark and Ruth Senter will share a special 
message. Tuesday morning, August 2, will feature a 
breakfast for pastors' wives with Ruth Senter sharing. 
Both breakfasts start at 7:00 a.m. at the Winona Lake 
Hotel. Preregister to assure your tickets. 

lucation Convention 

>na Lake, Indiana 

J, Rejoicing, and Enjoying. 

na Lake, Indiana 46590 
















More Men 





Through SMM 

Harold Hollinger 

Ministries for 

Judy Fairman 

Ray Sturgill 



Seny Poyner 


Teaching So 


The New 

People Learn 



Hoy Halberg 




Ruth Senter 






Helps for 


and Sex 



for Children 


Through a 

ABF Lessons 

Betty Poyner 

Jeanine Larson 

Boy's Ministry 

Mike Ostrander 

John Teevan 



Three Keys 

How to Use 



to a Happy 


Rod Toems 






Knute Larson 

Jeff Ahlgrim 





Your Church 


Come Alive 

Can Help 

Class Notes 


Through WMC 

Miriam Pacheco 

John Teevan 

and Precepts 

Knute Larson 

Sunday, July 31 

Celebrate and worship our Lord during a 
9:30-11:00 a.m. Bible Class and Celebra- 
tion Service. Smiles, singing, special music, 
and moments of meditation will move 
our hearts to worship. Rev. Mark Senter 
will challenge us toward Christian educa- 
tion goals. 

Featured Speakers 

Mark and Ruth Senter are the featured speakers 
at the CE Convention, The husband and wife team 
are both active in Christian education ministries. 

After eighteen years of ministering in three local 
churches. Rev. Mark Senter Is now an assistant pro- 
fessor of Christian Education at Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has 
authored articles appearing In Christianity Today, 
Eternity Magazine, In Focus, and various other 

Mrs. Ruth Senter is the author of So You're 
The Pastor's Wife (Zondervan, 1979) and The 
Seasons of Friendship: A Search For Intimacy (Zondervan, 
1982). She is contributing editor for Today's Christian 
Woman and Campus Life magazines, and has a monthly 
column In Power For Living magazine. 

Together the Senters have hosted a thirteen- 
week television series entitled; "Adventures In 
Learning: A Look at the Learner." 

At this convention, the Senters will share 
personal Insights and practical helps to pastors and 
pastors' wives. Christian education workers, and 

Ruth Senter 

H* i I I ' M li Hi! itti ill i . i . i . i . i ,4.j.4,i,^ j . 4 .<,.t..i.».t.4.4. Preregistration Form iitin* * H" * " « "H -******* i4Jiniiii - 

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lona Lal<e, 
liana 46590 

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Tracl<(s) you'd lilce to attend: 

Monday Breal<fast 

# of tickets ($4.50 each) . 

Tuesday Breakfast 

# of tickets ($4.50 each) . 

Convention Registration 

# of individuals ($7 each) 

# of couples ($10/couple) 

Total cost* .... 


Touch 3 UP6 - 11^ uiiii maMG a DiPPerence 

And what a better way to touch lives than through Oper- 
ation Barnabas. Operation Barnabas, CE's summer traveling 
teams of high school teens, is a life-changing adventure for 
the young people and a helpful and stimulating ministry to 
the churches. 

Departing on June 14, three teams of 25-30 high school 
teens will travel throughout Pennsylvania and up into 
Vermont. For six weeks they will paint, pull weeds, clean- 
helping Grace Brethren churches through manual labor. 
Then they will also lead in door-to-door evangelism, encour- 
age local youth groups, sing, and leave behind a sprinkling 
of their enthusiasm for Jesus. 

By the end of the summer, it'll be hard to tell which 
group benefited the most— the Operation Barnabas teens 
... or the churches where they ministered. 

"The team was a tremendous encouragement to our 
people. Their zeal for ministry was caught by many of our 
folks. Several of the hostesses cried when the youth left 
their homes, thus indicating the type of relationships that 
were developed. " 

1982 Host Pastor 

"At our last church, I and a few other members were 

able to introduce a Spanish-speaking kid (18) to the Lord! 

God used what little Spanish we had to minister. It was 

fantastic I 

1982 Operation Barnabas Teen 

This summer, 
touch a life . . . 
no touch many 
lives . . . by sup- 
porting Operation 
Barnabas through 
your prayers, and 
perhaps a portion 
of your finances. 

An expanded 
third team has in- 
creased our costs. 
We could use 
some help. Thank 
you for consider- 
ing a gift. ■ 

Operation Barnabas teens lend a 
helping hand. 

V^ijvjn Ip'p'm ( rvnf^n^nrp 

August 1-5, 1983 — Winona Lake, Indiana 

A special week of activities is planned for 
young people completing grades sixth through 
ninth. Coinciding with FGBC adult confer- 
ence, the cost for the week will be $32.00 (no 
lodging or meals provided). Daily registration 
is also available. If planning on attending the 
Young Teen Conference, please preregister 
with GBC Christian Education, P.O. Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Conference fees 


Family Name 





Number in family wfio will attend Young Teen Conference, 

— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ABOVE ALL. love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins 
1 Peter 4 8 NIV 

June, July and August are the 
months for our Operation and Pub- 
lication offering. This offering al- 
lows each lady to help pay WMC 
bills. We are in the red when it 
comes to this offering, so please 
give generously. 

Thank you in advance for your 
contribution. Our goal is $8,000 
and is due before September 10, 

Missionary Mrthdays 

AUGUST 1983 

(If no address is listed, the addresses can be found in the July /August 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Mrs. Evelyn Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 


Jeffrey Skeen August 4, 1980 

Miss Joyce Deacon August 22 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 

Mrs. Lois Belohlavek August 29 


Rev. Dave Griffith 


Rev. Jack Churchill 

August 26 

August 20 


Edouard DeArmey August 8, 1982 j» 

Rev. David Manduka August 10 k 

Ginette DeArmey August 12, 1970 i^; 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 I;; 

Dr. Jake Kliever August 21 ' 




Be sure to get your BSLV members' address if they 
will not be at home or school during the summer. Find 
out what they're doing this summer and share in their 
plans. If they're going to live away from home, per- 
haps send them a few canned goods or goodies. 

Goal -$10,000 
Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Continuation of raising funds for the new Missionary 


Goal —$1.50 per member collected throughout the year 

Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Given to the Brethren Messianic Testimony (Jewish Missions) 


Goal — $1.50 per member collected throughout the year 
Deadline - June 10, 1983 

Given toward the support of our four WMC Birthday 


JUNE '83 


LWeet your WWC Ylatioru.! Offu 


by Donna Miller 

Assistant Financial Secretary 

"Trust in the Lord with all your 
heart and lean not on your own un- 
derstanding; in all your ways ac- 
knowledge him, and he will make 
your paths straight" (Prov. 3:5-6 NIV). 

God is true to His promises. I was raised in a Chris- 
tian home on a big farm in Iowa. At the age of seven, 
I realized that I was a sinner and invited Jesus to 
come into my life. At that time, the first part of my 
life's verse became a reality. In trusting Jesus with my 
whole being, I became a new person. 

I am thankful for the direction that I received 
from my Christian parents. Since farming was our 
livelihood, I was entrusted with many responsibilities. 
The biggest excitement was the day my dad placed 
me on the seat of our John Deere tractor and in- 
structed me how to pull the bailer and the wagon be- 
hind it. I think it was at that time that I learned what 
it means not to lean on my own understanding. Dad 
and I both learned many lessons as he learned to be 
patient and I learned how to drive the tractor and 
keep that bailer right on the windrow of hay. 

During those years that I was learning how to 
farm, I was also learning to lean on Jesus. In the year 
of my salvation, we lost our barn due to a big fire. 
My friend and I were playing downstairs in the barn 
and had turned on a light that turned on another light 
in the hay mow. Dad was thrashing oats and blowing 
the straw into the mow. The straw blew up to the 
light and, of course, fell down and burned. For many 

years after that, I had to daily trust God to take care 
of me, because I was continually smelling smoke and 
afraid of fires. In the years following, we had three 
other major fires on our farm and many more in our 
farming community. 

Junior high and high school years were fun and 
full of memories. Then came the day that I was led 
of the Lord to attend Grace College. I learned many 
lessons both academically and spiritually during my 
wonderful years at Grace. By this time, I was learning 
to acknowledge Jesus in everything— He was directing. 

In my second semester of my senior year, God led 
me to the man that He had prepared to be my hus- 
band. I had prayed and decided to make my life avail- 
able to God for whatever He had for me. In His 
mighty way He continued to lead. We were married in 
1965, and I earned my PHT degree— Putting Hubby 
Through seminary. In May of 1969, my husband 
graduated from seminary and I from a nearby school 
with a masters in Elementary Education. 

The Lord led us into several years of the ministry 
and now has us back in Winona Lake, Indiana, serving 

Three of our many blessings are our three daughters. 
We are thankful for the joy they bring into our lives. 

God has led me into the field of Christian edu- 
cation as I teach first and second grade at Warsaw 
(Indiana) Christian School. What a joy it is to daily 
tell boys and girls about Jesus and His love for them! 

During the past several years I have been thrilled 
to work on the local, district, and national level of 
WMC. As I trust Jesus to make me a "Woman that 
Manifests Christ," I can see His hand directing my 

Now, as a family, we are all trusting in the Lord 
and leaning on His understanding. As we continue to 
acknowledge Him, I am confident that He will con- 
tinue to direct our paths. I 

Snap ^^acif7e Pop 

by Barbara Waters 

Kenai, Alaska 

Rice Crispies? No, it was the sound of bones 
breaking in my right ankle. 

My morning had been a typical rush . . . and as I 
flew out the door into the garage, I automatically 
kicked a grey sock toward the washer. In so doing, I 
missed the step and sat on both ankles, breaking the 
right one. 

Amid tears of pain and frustration, came the reali- 
zation . . . our God can use the "silliest" things to get 
our attention. 

The immediate swelling was severe, so my leg was 
put into a splint. I had forced bed rest for four days 
prior to the casting. "But, God, I've got so much to 

do!" "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him 
.. . "(Ps. 37:1). 

I've always been taught that "it is more blessed to 
give than to receive" (Acts 20:35), and it is hard for 
me to be on the receiving end. But, Jesus had a lesson 
for me there, also. There was so much that I was un- 
able to do for myself, that I had to receive a lot of 
help. And there were so many lovely people that the 
Lord wanted me to see and appreciate. Many shared 
of their time and themselves with me. 

Thank you. Lord, I see You in them. 

It has been twelve weeks now, and I am down to a 
brace after being in a cast for seven and one-half 
weeks. The healing process has been long ... in spirit 
as well as in body. 

I am thankful for a new look at those around me 
. . . for a new closeness with my husband and chil- 

And, yes ... I'm thankful for a grey sock and 
broken bones. ■ 


■83 WIVK): 

Board of Evangelism 

Sponsors Bilingual 

Evangelistic Ministry 

What does the Board of Evangelism do? 
That's a question often asked and no one 
would be surprised to receive an answer like, 
"Hold evangelistic meetings in Brethren chur- 
ches." And that is true. But it isn't all! 

On May 25 Grace College graduating 
senior, Martin Guerena left O'Hare airport in 
Chicago for Long Beach, California. Three 
days later, on May 28, Grace College fresh- 
man. Perry Huesmann left the Columbus, 
Ohio, airport for the same destination. Under 
the sponsorship of the Board of Evangelism, 
Martin and Perry began a two-month bilingual 
evangelistic ministry in Grace Brethren chur- 
ches and camps in southern California and in 

Martin, son of the Phil Guerenas, was born 
in Mexico and has served on summer evange- 
listic teams with Evangelist Terry Hofecker. 
Perry hails from the Worthington, Ohio, 
church where his father. Dr. Louis Huesmann, 
is an elder. 

Both of these young evangelists are unique- 
ly qualified musically for an evangelistic 
ministry, while Martin has been blessed by 
having the Spanish language as his native 

As an outreach, the Board of Evangelism is 
making the ministry of Martin and Perry avail- 
able to these Spanish-speaking people without 
any request for money. Perhaps some who 
read this announcement will be moved to par- 
ticipate in this ethnic ministry both by prayer 
and financial support. 

The address of the Board of Evangelism is 
P.O. Box 355, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. ■ 




May 28-29 

Bell GBC 

Weekend Evangelistic Meetings 
Bilingual Ministry 
Pastor Phil Guerena 

May 30-June 5 

Santa Maria GBC 

Pastor Ralph Schwartz 
Bilingual Ministry 

June 6-12 

San Ysidro GBC 
Spanish Ministry 
Pastor Trinidad Viramontes 
Missionary Walter Haag 

June 13-19 

West Covina, New Life GBC 
Bilingual Ministry 
Pastor Dan Viveros 

June 20-26 

East Los Angeles GBC 
Bilingual Ministry 
Pastor Frank Coburn 

June 27-July 3 

North Long Beach GBC 
Spanish Department 
Pastor Raul Selibi 

July 4-10 

Santa Ana, Maranatha GBC 
Spanish Ministry 
VBS, Youth, and Evangelistic 
Meetings (Wed. through Sun.) 
Pastor Javier Peraza 

July 11-17 

Lakewood GBC, (Iglesia Cristiana 
de la Comunidadj 
Spanish Ministry 
Pastor Al Ramirez 

July 18-24 

Bell GBC 
Pastor Phil Guerena 

July 25-31 

GBC Camp in Tijuana, Mexico 
Spanish Ministry 
Missionary Walter Haag 

iBMH JUNE 83 27 i 

1983 Graee Graduates 
From Oraee Brethren Churehes 

Grace College 




Muriel Bamford, Waterloo GBC (lA) 

Ruth Fuller, Warsaw Community GBC (IN) 

Laurie Funk, Calvary GBC (Hagerstown, MD) 

Beverly Hodgdon, Igreja Evangelica dos Irmaos (Brazil) 

Kathy Larue, Meyersdale GBC (PA) 

Rhonda Nelson, Elkhart GBC (IN) 

JoAnn Sarver, Somerset GBC (PA) 

Sandra Sayne, Pike GBC (Johnstown, PA) 

Beth Smith, Martinsburg GBC (PA) 


Eric Anderson, Sierra View GBC 

Karie Barber, Simi Valley GBC (CA) 

Vance Christie, Sidney GBC (IN) 
James Clark, Valley GBC (Hagerstown, 

Anne Deane, Community GBC 

(Warsaw, IN) 
Tom Embaugh,Middlebranch GBC (OH) 
Steve Garcia, Community GBC 

(Whittier, CA) 
Martin Guerena, Iglesia de los 

Hermanos (Mexico City) 
Gary Harris, Orlando GBC (FL) 
Georgiana Jones, Pike GBC 

(Johnstown, PA) 
Cindy Mclntyre, Martinsburg GBC 

Barbara Merritt, Sidney GBC (IN) 
Scott Miles, N. Long Beach BC (CA) 
Kim Minegar, Elkhart GBC (IN) 

Christine Philippi, Long Beach GBC 

Karyn Steiner, Wooster GBC (OH) 

Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 


Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 


Bib. Studies 

Cheryl Tweeddale, Penn Valley GBC 

(Telford, PA) Ele. Edu. 

Jonathan Walter, Temple Hills Behavioral 

GBC (MD) Science 


Marilyn Austin, Winona Lake GBC (IN) Speech 

Andrew Bonham, Huber Heights 

James Bower, Melrose Gardens GBC 

(Harrisburg, PA) 
Karen Bower, Lititz GBC (PA) 
Louise Brown, Davenport GBC (lA) 
Russel Brown, First GBC 

(Des Moines, lA) 
Kris Burton, Lexington GBC (OH) 
Brent Byers, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Stephanie Cooper, Patterson Memorial 

GBC (Roanoke, VA) 
Karia Neer Denlinger, Ashland GBC 

Kent Delinger, Englewood GBC (OH) 

Robert Eidem, Kenai Peninsula 

Ronald Faas, Cedar Rapids GBC (lA) 

Donna Fluke, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Gregory Froese, Osceola GBC (IN) 
Roberta Frush, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Timothy Hawkins, Winona Lake 

Sue Ann Hays, Worthington GBC (OH) 
Gary Heim, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Janice Herr, Rialto GBC (CA) 
Nanette Hieb, First GBC (Dayton, 

Susan Holiday, Peru BC (IN) 

Jacquie Jensen, Rittman GBC (OH) 


Ele. Edu. 
Ele. Edu. 

Gen. Science 





Ele. Edu. 

Sc. Edu. 
Bus. Edu. 
Ele. Edu. 

Phys. Edu. 
Art Edu. 


JUNE '83 


Benjamin Johnson, Temple Hills GBC 

Gail Rosner, Beaver City GBC (NE) 





Douglas Koontz, Winona Lake 

Laurie Schuler, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Ele. Edu. 



Richard Schwartz, Winona Lake 

Rebecca Male, Community GBC 



(Warsaw, IN) 


Mark Snell, Martinsburg GBC (PA) 


Jeff Moine, Rittman GBC (OH) 

Art Edu. 

Harold Steinhoff,Waimalu GBC (HI) 


Julie Moine, Rittman GBC (OH) 


David Stevens, 


Robert Momeyer, Indian Heights 



GBC (Kokomo, IN) 


Gregg Straits, Ashland GBC (OH) 


Lorraine Morgan, Winona Lake 

Gregory Taylor, Ft. Lauderdale GBC 






Jill Mumaw, Wooster GBC (OH) 


Joseph Tierney, Winona Lake GBC (IN) Behavioral 



Keith Newswanger, New Holland 


Stacye Toms, Phoenix GBC (AZ) 

Ele. Edu. 



Andy Troyer, Wooster GBC (OH) 


Curtis Oliver, Waynesboro GBC (PA) 



Marie Owen, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 


Jeffrey Turner, First GBC (Dayton, 





Michelle Quass, Indianapolis GBC (IN) 


Tanya Waggoner, Fremont GB Chapel 



Ele. Edu. 

Pamela Ritchey, Goshen GBC (IN) 


Claire Willett, Temple City GBC (CA) 

Ele. Edu. 


Grace Theological Seminary 



Jane Fretz, Penn Valley GBC (Telford, PA) 
Dale Knepper, Jr., York GBC (PA) 
Sharon Linn, Community GBC (Warsaw, IN) 
Robert Smoker, York GBC (PA) 


Mark Hammett, Temple Hills GBC (MD) 

Albert Jones, Gold Rush Comm. GBC (Auburn, CA) 

Rendal Weekley, Pinellas Park GBC (FL) 

Douglas Ronco, Lehigh Valley GBC (PA) 


Dennis Brown, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 



Deborah Greene, Temple Hills GBC (MD) 

Kathleen Harrell, Community GBC (Whittier, CA) 

Kevin Huggins, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Marshall Noriega, Bellflower GBC (CA) 

David Ogden, Lanham GBC (MD) 

Sherry Stiffler, Leamersville GBC (Duncansville, PA) 

Gene Witzky, Fort Wayne GBC (IN) 


Donald De Young, Community GBC (Warsaw, IN) 

Robin Greene, Temple Hills GBC (MD) 

Eldon Grubb, Community GBC (Mansfield, OH) 

Howard Reed, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

James Schaefer, Temple Hills GBC (MD) 

Davy Troxel, Fort Wayne GBC (IN) 


Rick Clark, Leesburg GBC (IN) 

Douglas Courter, Calvary GBC (Walbridge, OH) 

Stephen Johnson, San Diego GBC (CA) 

Edward Mensinger, Arvada GBC (CO) 

Daniel Najimian, Canton GBC (OH) 

Ernest Usher, Community GBC (Warsaw, IN) 

Thomas Varney, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Benjamin White, Sidney GBC (IN) 


JUNE '83 


TEAM — 2nd Place In Turkey Tourney 1st place Cedarvilte Tourney 1st place Mid O 

Conference .2nd place NAIA District 21 Championship of District III NCCAA... 2nd 

NCCAA Nationals 32 Wins, 5 Losses 

Focus on Faculty 

James Kessler 

Assistant Professor of Health 
Physical Education 
Birthdate: December 21 , 1948 
Salvation: Amen! 
Education: B.S., Grace College, 
M.Ed., University of 
Missouri, 1972 

Favorite Biblical Books: Proverbs, 

James, Philippians 
Favorite Scripture: Philippians, 

Chapter 2 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: You 

name it, I can shoot the breeze. 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Sports 

psychology, exercise physiology 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: Fall 

of 1975 
Marriage: September 2, 1967, to 

Susanne Lee 
Children: Kimberly (11), Sarah (7), 

Jennifer (5), Janelle (1 ) 
Hobbies: Scuba, tinkering with jeep, 

cutting wood, fishing 
Latest Accomplishment: MCC 

championship. Championship of 


Coach of the Year 

Head Coach Jim Kessler 

Sums Up the Year 

by Jim Kessler, Head Coach 
Grace Basketball Team 

We would like to personally ex- 
press our deepest appreciation to 
you loyal fans for your faithful sup- 
port throughout this season. It has 
given us great joy to give you some- 
thing about which to cheer. 

While you have shared in our 32 
victories and 5 losses on the court, 
most of you have been unaware of 
the far more important victories 
and defeats which have taken place 
in the lives of these young men. It 
is our prayer that on the scale of 
eternal values, this season will be 
counted even more successful. May 
we all have and continue to have in 
future seasons of competition the 
proper perspective of the success 
which God may allow us to enjoy. 
This year will, for all of us, be a 
memorable time— and you share it 
with us. 

I make no excuses for our loss to 
a fine Tennessee Temple team; they 
are deserving of their victory. 

Yet, I am genuinely proud of our 
men in their performance, having 
played with all of the intensity, 
execution, and composure becom- 
ing of a championship team; and 
having given their best, they are 
winners in the truest sense of the 
word. They lost the game, but they 
were not defeated. Our joy is not 
defeated by the bounce of the ball. 
If we are emotional, it is because, 
for some, an experience that has 
been an important part of their 

lives for many years has come to an 
end. It is a close emotional commit- 
ment which they have made to each 
other to achieve specific goals, that 
will break apart— not that their 
friendship will ever end— they will 
never quite be the same unit with 
the same purpose again. You see, 
we have learned to believe and trust 
each other with our own hopes and 
aspirations, and it is hard to let the 
present go and to look to the un- 
certainty of the future. However, 
we have learned that by faith in 
God and the willingness to build 
character and friendships through 
adversity and by being willing to 
risk failure, together we can accom- 
plish a great deal. 

We have had a lot of good times 
together and I, as their coach, will 
always have a special place in my 
heart for these men. 

We have been a team of coaches 
as well as players. Coaches Gordon, 
Kowatch and Roy have been a great 
help and are to be credited with 
much of the leadership this year, 
each playing a vital role. Rich 
Harrell— the man from Chad— has 
been a real Psalm 15 man, in word 
and example. Another deserving of 
recognition of having an impact on 
the lives of our upper classmen of 
the past two years is Coach Ken 

A special thanks to our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ, to whom we 
owe life itself and the joy of living— 
we say thank you and praise His 
name. ■ 

John Boal and Gary Blevins — named to NCCAA All-Ml 
Team, and NCCAA All-Tourney Team 

Coach Kessler - National Christian College Athletic Association "Coach of the Year 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard Messner 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Vaughn 
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Howie 
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Woodring 
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Sparks 
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Miller 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daugherty 
Dr. Bruce Auchard 
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Byrd 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haring 
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Frantz 
Mrs. Lydia Kulda 
Dr. Richard Nichols 
Mr. and Mrs. David Sharrock 
Dr. and Mrs. John Whitcomb 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McDonnell 
Mrs. Jeannette McDonnel 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Oeize 
Mr. and Mrs. Vollie Roddy, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGeath 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Erickson 
Mr. and Mrs. James Wiley 
Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Givens, Sr. 
Mr. Woody Porter 
Mr. Irvin T. Voders, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Garrls 
Mr. and Mrs. David Straits 
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Willig 
Mr. and Mrs. I. H.Wiley 
Dr. and Mrs. Larry Crabb, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Don Faas 

Four Fun'Fifkd Days 
Through WH Wet Wonderful West Virgma 

Departure: Bradley, West Virginia, July 1, a.m. 
Return: Bradley, West Virginia, July 4, p.m. 

Total cost: $1 00 (Includes tent, food, sleeping bags, etc.) 
Bring yourself— everything else will be provided. 

Devotions and Sunday Worship Service 

On the river, provided by the Alumni Association. 


Write: Grace Alumni Association 
200 Seminary Drive 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Or call: 219/267-8191 
for more 


In Memory of : 

Clarence Bowder 

Charles Buchter 
Frank Doyle 
Flora Hengerer 

Noel Jackson 

R. Virginia Shafer 

Hannah Sprang 

Given by : 

Archie Bowder 

Jim, Eleanor and Dot Frinfrock 

iVlr. and IVlrs. George Thoemke 

Mr. and IVlrs. Kenneth R. Kohler 

George Clingenpeel 

Mr. and Mrs. R, W. Brand 

Mrs. Samuel Toy 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Messner 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kohler 


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7:50 /i.>n., 
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<:y\od£.l2sa(7£:% cyTuditozium ^Winona J^akz, Dnoii 

This internationally known musical family of Wheaton, 
Illinois, will present a sacred concert as the opening feature 
of this year's national conference. You won't want to miss 

For the last 19 years the Murk family has presented over 
4,000 concerts in 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Central and 
South America, Israel and Europe. They have been pro- 
claimed as "Chicagoland's equivalent of the famous Von 
Trapp singers who inspired 'The Sound of Music' " (Chicago 

The family is still working together after all these years 
and includes mom and dad (Donna and Jim) and "four 
sisters and their brother" (Beverly, Becky, Brenda, Barbara 
and Bill. The small photo is of Bruce Jackson and Brenda 
Murk, who were married last year. Bruce is the son of Rev. 
and Mrs. Forrest Jackson of Dayton, Ohio). 

With music both vocal and instrumental, either secular 
or sacred, from the finest of the classical to the best of the 
contemporary, the Murk family has been called "one of the 

gold nuggets in the entertainment world of the Chicago 
area." More important to the Murks themselves is to spread 
the love and joy of a happy Christian family. 

This will be the first session of this year's national con- 
ference sponsored by the Brethren Missionary Herald. 
No admission charge. 

Plan to attend this year's FGBC National Conference 
— July 30 to August 5 at Winona Lake, Indiana. 




■J'SSf^.., -. V <;**:;■•■». • 


Reflections By Still Waters 

AMERICA: Age - 207 
GroT^lng or Groaning? 

Charles W. Turner 


It is birthday time again for 
the United States of America! 
This will be the two hundred 
seventh birthday and will not 
have all of the glamour and ex- 
citement that goes with being 
two hundred. However, it will 
be a day for picnics and family 
get-togethers, fireworks and all 
the good things that go with 
the Fourth of July. This an- 
nual occasion always calls 
forth some appraisal of where 
we are as a people and gives 
editors an opportunity to ex- 
press their rather biased opin- 

This year, we are struggling 
out of one of our more de- 
pressed economic periods. In 
many areas of our economy, it 
was an out-and-out depression; 
vi/hile other parts of the econ- 
omy did not seem to be af- 
fected at all. We have been on 
a spending binge in this coun- 
try for years and all at once all 
of the debts seemed to come 
due. Some folks just did not 
have cash to pay the bills 
and there was no more credit. 
The largest number of bank 
failures since the 1930s hit, 
and the unemployed lists 
mounted. As a nation, we have 
been in a period of groaning. 

The once great industrial 
complexes of the world were 

challenged and we were no 
longer the leading maker of 
automobiles. More and more 
electronic gear bore the im- 
print "Made in Japan." Not 
only did we show signs of 
growing older as a nation in 
the industrial area, but we 
also showed great moral weari- 
ness. The issues of abortion 
came into focus. We had to 
ask ourselves if we were the 
preservers of life or were we 
guilty of destroying life in one 
of the greatest onslaughts in 
the history of the world. 

With age should come wis- 
dom. As we mature as a nation, 
have we learned the lessons of 
our past failures? Since we 
took the route of a credit 
society and ended up in big 
trouble, it would seem we 
would have learned something. 
Are we going right back to re- 
peat the problems of the past? 
We are facing four or five years 
of $200,000,000,000 deficits. 
Our deficits in the next few 
years will be equal to all of the 
deficits of the preceding 204 
years of our history. 

So, we are groaning. I trust 
that we are growing as well! 
Where else in the world can we 
debate our problems so openly, 
and where else is there the 
hope of finding some solutions 
in the earthly realm? As Chris- 
tians, we are to be salt in the 
world for our Saviour and to 
live and teach the convictions 

of the Christian life. It is very 
difficult to know how much 
of our time should be spent on 
exercising our rights to seek to 
reform our society. We know 
that eternity will be the ulti- 
mate answer for the evils, and 
God will see that true justice is 
enacted. Where does our re- 
sponsibility begin and where 
does it end in the issues of the 

We, as evangelicals, have in 
times past sought to deal with 
eternal issues of salvation and 
have left the issues of contem- 
porary society to others. 
There is a growing awareness 
of evangelicals becoming in- 
volved in these contemporary 
issues— to get men elected to 
office who hold like convic- 
tions. However, to reform the 
world, we shall not; preparing 
them for heaven is a much 
better possibility! Possibly we 
are growing with the positive 
aspects of America as Chris- 
tians, and I trust that this is 
true; yet, our citizenship is in 
heaven (see Phil. 3:20). In all 
of the groaning of our society 
as Americans, let's keep grow- 
ing spiritually and as American 
citizens. May we put some- 
thing positive right back into 
this country that we love— 
and, if the Lord delays His 
coming, may our children and 
grandchildren have a native 
land that they can love and en- 
joy for its beauty and integrity. 




Volume 45 No. 7 July 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
IISSN-0161-5238) is published 
Tionthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
16590. Subscription prices: $7.25 
Der year; foreign, $9.00; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
said at Winona Lake, li\l 46590. 
'rinted by BMH Printing. POST- 
VIASTER : Send address changes to 
Brethren Missionary l^erald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 England: Progress Report 

10 More Light for a Dark World 

14 Tiadaghton Valley: A Valley in Need of Love 

18 Brethren Home Mission Field Secretaries' Wives 

20 The Story of the Rattlesnake 

22 Living with the Mix 

23 Relationship Evangelism 

25 Rosella Cochran: 1982-1983 Birthday Missionary 

28 Grace Graduates Fare Well in the Job Market 

birih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 9 • 

repf rtecl in the lieralcl 

35 YEARS AGO -1948 

Allowance, outfit, transportation costs 
and housing was $2,000 for a man and wife 
and an additional cost of $150 for each 
child. ... A new church building was dedi- 
cated at Osceola, Indiana. Pastor Ward 
Miller was assisted on the building commit- 
tee by Herman Schumacher and Wesley 

15 YEARS AGO -1968 

Ground breaking for a new church at 
Winona Lake took place. The new sanctuary 
seats 500 on the main floor, 200 in the bal- 
cony, and 50 in the choir. . . . Dr. Jake 
Kliever missionary to Central Africa re- 
ceived an honorary degree of Doctor of 
Divinity from Grace Seminary. 

5 YEARS AGO -1978 

Dr. Bernard Schneider authored a new 
book. The Holy Spirit and You. The new 
BMH publication was ready in quantity for 
the summer Sunday school lessons. . . . Rev. 
Charles Thornton became the new pastor at 
Sunnyside, Washington. 

Cover photo by H. Armstrong Roberts 


Dear Readers, 

You may have received a special letter 
from us in the mail. Maybe not, because de- 
livery is not always equal in all of our areas. 
It announced "The Great Herald Pay-Off of 
the Heidelberg Press Debt Program." If you 
read my editorials, you know I like short 
snappy titles. We now have less than 30 days 
to meet the goal of paying off the debt on 
the press. That is not much time, but it can 
be done. 

The conference Saturday night musical 
with the Murk Family will be the time we 
will let you know IF we made it. The 
$90,000 debt is now $19,545. and we want 
to eliminate this debt and have it behind us. 
You can help with a special gift. It will take 
the full cooperation of all of us. Check on 
the back page of the Herald— the informa- 
tion can be found there. 

If you are as excited as I am about get- 
ting this debt eliminated, don't wait for the 
letter. Just mail your gift to the Missionary 
Herald, P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 
46590 and mention the "Press" or "Debt 
Elimination" project. I already have my gift 
into the finance office. Will you join me? 
Even a dollar will do, but anything more 
will helpl-CWT 

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The Missionaries realize .hat the real potential for the ministry lies themselves for the establishment of a local church. aust recently a 
Saturday morning round-robin badminton fellowship was begun which gives Phil 
and Uave a good time for meeting new men on a neutral ground and sharing with 
them in some fun time and occasionally over lunch. 


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Bruce Stone is the most recent conv^rh u 

convert. He was saved through a Bible study 

with Dave Kowalke. The missinnari^o 

missionaries are encouraged by his enthusiasm and 

The missionaries continue to have contact among several families on a 
less formal basis than the Thursday evening Bible Fellowship. - 


\ introduce someone to the Gospel Phil -f = , • 

\ ^ ^^'^ " ""'^'^^"8 °" a three-level program of 

\ study. 

The first level. "Firc:(- tv,-; « ■ 

«=!. i-irst Things, is an introducto 

ry plan of six lessons 



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emphasizing the Spirit, Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christian witness, fellowship, 
and prayer. The second level, entitled "All Things New," will emphasize the 
balanced Christian life, the old man/new man, and the old mind/new mind con- 
cepts. The third level is "Things Which Become Sound Doctrine" and is a de- 
velopment of our Statement of Faith. 

"It has been exciting in recent weeks to study with Andrew Watts on 
Tuesday mornings and to see his growth in so many of the vital areas," stated 
Phil. "Just recently Andrew has accepted the challenge of meeting with Gary 
Whitehouse to begin sharing with me the responsibility for Gary's growth as a 
new convert. Andrew is excited as he realizes the potential he now has for 
multiplying his own witness in those of his friends. It is the kind of thing 
that we hope will become a kind of springboard to others getting involved on 
this same level." 


Building bridges with individuals and whole families through strengthen- 
ing relationships is the key to a lasting and effective church-planting 
strategy. Any program of study adopted must be thoroughly flexible and life- 
related. \-/hen Jesus called His disciples, He said that He called them for the 
reason of being "with them" (Mark 3:14). The missionaries believe that this 
"with them" relationship is essential for good foundation laying and basic to 
the whole discipleship scheme. H 







n There are dormitory rooms available at Grace 
Schools for this year's national conference, July 30 
through August 5, at Winona Lake, IN. Complete in- 
formation may be obtained from Mrs. Leslie Moore, 
Director of Housing, Grace Schools, 200 Seminary 
Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590; or phone, area 219, 

D Isaac Graham was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try at the Grace Brethren Church in Homerville, 
OH, on March 20, Pastor Robert Holmes, senior 
pastor of the Homerville church, brought the mes- 
sage. Others participating were: Robert Fetterhoff 
(pastor at Wooster, OH), Dr. Jake Kliever (Middle- 
branch, OH), Richard Sellers (associate pastor at 
Wooster, OH), and Louis McDaniel (moderator of the 
local church). Ken and Joyce Ritchie from the GBC 
of Ashland, OH, rendered special music. 

n David R. Hitchman, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnson City, TN, was recently ordained to 
the Christian ministry. The service was held during 
the church's annual missionary conference, and fol- 
lowed a challenge presented by Miss Ruth Snyder. 
Those participating in the service included: A. David 
Mitchell, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Limes- 
stone, TN, who brought the ordination message; 
Herbert T. White, who led Pastor Hitchman to Christ; 
Missionaries Ed Mensinger and Ed Miller; and church 
elders Lawrence Complete and Dr. Timothy Morgen- 

D Richard Cron has resigned from the pastorate of 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship, La Mirada, CA, due 
to physical problems. Prayer has been requested on 
his behalf. 

DJohn R. Mcintosh was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on February 20 in the Grace Brethren 
Church of Mabton, WA. The ordination message was 
delivered by Robert Thompson, field secretary of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Winona Lake, IN. 
Other Brethren pastors participating were: John 
Terrell, George Christie, Greg Ryerson, and Charles 
Thornton. John has concluded his ministry at the 
Mabton church and accepted the senior pastorship of 
the Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley, 

chanae ycur annucil 

Mitchel W. Forster, 1016 Sutherland Dr., Stockton, 
CA 95210 n Chuck Davis, 9297 Access Dr., Brook- 
ville, OH 45309 

D Special meetings will be held at the Minerva Grace 
Brethren Church July 3, 5-8, with Nathan Meyer as 
speaker. Galen Wiley, pastor. 

D The East Side Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, 
OH, is hosting its third annual Singles Conference, 
July 15-16, 1983. The conference is open to all col- 
lege-age students, young adults (early 20s-mid 30s), 
and divorced and widowed individuals. Dr. David 
Seifert, pastor of the Big Valley Grace Community 
Church in Modesto, CA, will be the featured speaker. 
Other workshop speakers will include Pastor Randy 
Bowman (East Side Grace Brethren Church), Pastor 
John Willett (associate pastor at Worthington 
Grace Brethren Church), and Pastor Bob Fetterhoff 
(Grace Brethren Church of Wooster). The cost of the 
conference is $10. For more information, phone 

614/861-5810. ,„ . , ,_, 

(Continued on page 13) 


JULY '83 


More Light for a .Dark Worl 

Twenty-two mission- 
ary appointees will be 
leaving this fall for lan- 
guage study in various 
parts of the world. 
Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions would like you 
to become acquainted 
with these folks. 


JULY '83 

Trevor & Colleen Craigen 

Trevor and Colleen were 
born in South Africa. After 
meeting each other at a 
Youth for Christ coffee meet- 
ing, they were married six 
years later. Both were influ- 
enced greatly by missionaries. 

Trevor has worked as a 
policeman, an accountant, 
and a pastor. He was gradu- 
ated from Grace Seminary in 
1978, received his Th.M. in 
1980, and will be receiving 
his Th.D. in 1983. Colleen 
has training in banking and 
has taken evening Bible Insti- 
tute courses. 

The Craigens will be in- 
volved in theological educa- 
tion in Europe. Trevor will be 
teaching graduate level theol- 
ogy, possibly in an extension 
of Grace Seminary. 

Before getting involved in 
their ministries, the Craigens 
will be in language school in 
Albertville, France. They 
have two children, Clive (14) 
and Treleen (12), and are 
members of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church in 
Warsaw, Indiana. 


Dr. Dave & Karen Daugherty 

The Daughertys are head- 
ing for the Central African 
Republic to reopen the 
dental work there. They want 
to use dentistry as a physical 
and spiritual ministry, and 
they hope to establish a 
dental training program. 

Dave was born in Lexing- 
ton, Kentucky, and is a grad- 
uate of Houghton College and 
Ohio State University College 
of Dentistry. He has also 
served as pastor of a college 
and singles group. 

Karen was born in Filmore, 
New York. Her parents are 
missionaries to Haiti where 
she was raised. Karen was 
graduated from Houghton 
College, Columbia University 
with a B.S. in Nursing, Ohio 
State University with an M.S. 
in Nursing and an M.A. in 
Sociology. She is now a 
candidate for a Doctorate in 
Sociology at Ohio State. 

The Daughertys have had 
six short-term mission trips to 
Haiti and one to the Central 
African Republic. After at- 
tending language school in 
Albertville, France, they will 
return to the C.A.R. 

Dave and Karen are the 
parents of Nathan, one year 
old, and are members of the 
Worthington Grace Brethren 
Church in Columbus, Ohio. 

Mrs. Kathy Harrell 

When Kathy Kincarte | 
ried Richard Harrell inAijil 
of 1982, she "became" a rs 
sionary to the Chad. Bujii 
was preparing for mii|( 
service long before she ma t 

Kathy was born in [< 
bare, California, was gtii 
ated from Grace College, ill 
bot Theological Semiii 
with an M.A. in Bitia 
Studies, and Grace Theci|i 
cal Seminary with a M./jil 
Biblical Counseling in ijy 
Kathy has served on (« 
TIME program twice: alin 
Brethren Navajo Missioiii 
1976 and in the Ceia 
African Republic from i' 
to 1979. 

Richard and Kathy il 
spend a year in Lyon, Fr; e 
where Kathy will takee 
language study and Rici'i 
will be involved inourchiih 
planting effort there. Ill 
are members of the Comr n 
ity Grace Brethren ChurcJ 
Whittler, California. j 

Jim & Martha Mines 

Dth of the Mines will be 
ved in tlie medical work 
e Central African Repub- 
im is an M.D. and Martina 

R.N. The possibility of 
ng as missionaries was 

important from the be- 
ng of their relationship, 
m was graduated from 
ma University in 1976 
Indiana University 
ol of Medicine in 1980. 

recently, he completed 

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
cal Education Program, 
ha was graduated with 
ist honors from Indiana 
ersity School of Nursing 
1978, after which she 
:ed as a surgical nurse, 
fter spending eight weeks 
e Central African Repub- 
:heir desire to serve the 

as missionaries was con- 
jd. Jim and Martha, and 

two children, Barnabas 
Ethan, will be heading 
anguage study in Albert- 

this August. The Mines 
1 the Fort Wayne, Indi- 

Grace Brethren Church 

Buzz & Debbie Inboden 

The Lord used mission- 
aries, conferences, and en- 
couragement from Christian 
friends to burden the hearts 
of the Inbodens for foreign 
missions service. They re- 
sponded positively and will 
be leaving in January to 
pioneer our work in Spain. 

Buzz was graduated from 
Williams College, Williams- 
town, Massachusetts, and 
Grace Theological Seminary. 
He is currently an intern at 
the Worthington Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Columbus, 
Ohio, where they have their 

Debbie received her degree 
from the University of 
Akron, Ohio. She has also 
served with Operation Mobili- 
zation in Mexico. The In- 
bodens have two children: 
Rebekah and Christopher. 

Patty Morris 

Patty Morris has had much 
short-term missionary experi- 
ence. She has served in 
Mexico, France, and Trini- 
dad, has visited Africa, and 
attended the Euro-Missions 
Institute. These visits, plus a 
friendship with the Roy 
Snyders, helped develop her 
interest in missionary service. 

Meading for service in 
France, Patty will leave this 
fall for language study in 
Lyon. She is a graduate of 
Biola College. 

Patty is thankful for the 
strong missions emphasis in 
her church. Community 
Grace Brethren of Whittier, 
California, where she is on 
the missions commission. 

Chris & Carolyn Nord 

At a missions conference 
in their home church. Bell- 
flower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, California, Chris 
and Carolyn Nord felt led to 
take some definite steps to- 
ward missionary service. 
Chris's attendance at the 
Euro-Missions Institute con- 
firmed the desire to serve in 
France. They will be leaving 
for language study at Albert- 
ville this fall. 

Chris is a graduate of 
UCLA and Talbot Seminary. 
Carolyn was graduated from 
California State University. 
The Nords have two children, 
Jonathan and Sarah. 

Stan & Betty Nairn 

The great numbers of 
people in Argentina who have 
not heard the good news of 
Jesus Christ attracted the mis- 
sions interest of Stan and 
Betty Nairn. They will be 
heading for language study in 
Buenos Aires this fall. 

Stan and Betty met at the 
Third Brethren Church of 
Philadelphia in high school 
and dated for five years be- 
fore getting married. Stan was 
graduated from Philadelphia 
College of the Bible and 
Grace Theological Seminary. 
Presently the Nairns are in 
the pastorate at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Middle- 
branch, Ohio. 

The Nairns have two chil- 
dren, Jacquelin and Scott. 

(Continued on page 12) 
siFIVIS JULY '83 11 = 

(Continued from page 11) 

John & Soni Viers 

Being open to the Lord's 
leading and a prayer concern 
for Europe sparl<ed the Viers' 
desire for missionary service 
in France. The Lord used 
Tom Julien to challenge them 
to begin application proce- 

The Viers are currently in 
the pastorate at the Grace 
Brethren Church in Center- 
ville, Ohio. John was gradu- 
ated from Bowling Green 
State University and Ashland 
Theological Seminary. Soni is 
a graduate of Cedarville Col- 
lege in Ohio. 

This summer, John and 
Soni will attend the Euro- 
Missions Institute; and in the 
fall they will leave for lan- 
guage study at Albertville. 
The Viers have two children 
Lisa and David. 

Trudy Kauffman 

Trudy was born in Harris- 
burg, Pennsylvania, and was 
graduated from the Business 
College of Harrisburg. She 
had various jobs in the busi- 
ness world until 1979 when 
she began working in Ger- 
many with "Here's Life, Eur- 
ope," a ministry of Campus 

Tom Julien aroused her in- 
terest in working with 
GBFMS in France. Trudy is 
committed to seeing Europe 
reached with the Gospel. She 
wants to be a part of the 
church-planting ministry. 

Trudy is a member of the 
Melrose Gardens Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Harrisburg, 
Pennsylvania. She will be 
leaving for language study in 

Clay & Kim Hulett 

The Huletts will be one- 
half of the pioneer mission- 
ary team in the Philippines. 
They will be leaving for 
Manila, the capital city, in 
September to begin language 

Both were born in south- 
ern California, and they met 
in the college group of the 
Grace Brethren Church in 
Long Beach, where they are 
members. After graduating 
from use. Clay entered 
Grace Graduate School from 
which he received his M.Div. 
Kim attended Biola Universi- 
ty for a few years. 

Spending a summer in 
Japan helped acquaint Clay 
and Kim with the Orient. 
They are convinced that the 
Philippines is the best place 
to pioneer a new field. 

The Huletts have one son, 
Raymond, who was born in 
March. They are members of 
the Grace Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, California. 

Eric & Debbie Smith 

The Smiths are the other 
half of the pioneer mission- 
ary team to the Philippines. 
They, too, will be leaving this 
fall for language study in 

Eric is a graduate of Biola 
College and Talbot Seminary. 
He served as a TIME mission- 
ary to Africa one year. 
Debbie also was graduated 
from Biola College and Tal- 
bot Seminary. 

As members of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, California, the Smiths 
have been very active in vari- 
ous ministries. For four years 
Eric has been directing the 
missions Involvement at the 
church. He is also the co- 
founder of the California As- 
sociation of Missions Pastors 
and a professor of missions at 
Talbot Seminary and Grace 
Graduate School. ■ 



D Pastor William Snell will serve as tour director for 
the Grace Brethren "Centennial Tour" to Germany, 
France and Switzerland this fall. The date of the tour 
is Sept. 19 to Oct. 3, 1983. Schwartzenau, the Breth- 
ren works in France and Germany are included. Inter- 
ested persons should contact Pastor Snell at the Grace 
Brethren Church, 308 S. Mulberry St., Martlnsburg, 
PA 16662 (Tel. 814/793-2513 or 793-3685. 

D Hertz is offering a 10% discount on car rentals to 
anyone needing a car at national conference time. 
(Conference dates are July 30 through August 5, and 
the discount is good one week before and one week 
after national conference.) Arrangements can be 
made to pick up the car of your choice at your air- 
port arrival point. Phone toll-free to Hertz, 
1-800-654-2240, give the special ID number of 90031, 
and you will be given complete information. 

n A reminder to our readers regarding wedding and 
death announcements: The A/era/c/ magazine editorial 
staff relies on the officiating pastor to send informa- 
tion for publication. In order to insure accuracy, 
church membership status, and so forth, only those 
announcements submitted by the local church pastor 
are considered for the Herald news page. Thank you 
for understanding. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

The following deaths have been reported by the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor: 

Opal Clinton, Feb. 22 

Ernest Goldsworthy, April 19 

Arthur Hoyer, April 3 

Florence Johnson, Jan. 31 

Leo Lancaster, April 18 
ANSELL, Martha, Sept. 10. She was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Uniontown, PA. True Hunt, pastor. 
BELL, Essie, Jan. 6. She was a member of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA. Howard Altig, of- 
ficiating minister; Garth Lindelef , pastor. 
BINGAMAN, Daniel, 63, Jan. 3. He was a faithful attender of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, 

CAREY, Neil, April 23. He was a member of the Ellet Grace 
Brethren Church, Akron, OH, since 1948. 
CLAWSON, Albert E., 62, Dec. 5. He was a faithful attender 
of the Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church. Ron Warrick, 

CLAYCOMB, Russell, 85, April 2. He was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 

HEDRICK, Mary, Feb. 24. She was a beloved member of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA. Garth 
Lindelef, pastor. 

HESS, Florence, 88, departed this life in February. She was 
an active member of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

HILDEBRAND, George W., 69, March 31. He was a member 
of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, for many 
years. Charles Martin, pastor. 

HITCH, Rosina, 81, Jan. 8. She was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, FL. Edmund De Zago, 

HOYT, Lola, 62. She was the wife of Lowell Hoyt (brother 
of Herman and Solon Hoyt). Lola served faithfully with her 
husband as he served as a Brethren pastor, teacher, and ad- 
ministrator until his retirement. They had made their home 
in Sand Springs, OK, but maintained their membership 
in the Grace Brethren Church, Everett, PA. 
HUFMAN. William, 28, April 12. He was a member of the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Don 
Rough, pastor, 

JOHNSON, Frances, Jan. 15. She was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Uniontown, PA, True Hunt, pastor, 
KITTLESON, Adina, Jan, 17, She was a faithful and devoted 
member of the New Troy (Ml) Grace Brethren Church for 
many years, Alan Jones, pastor, 

KNEPPER, Harry M., 87, March 23, He was a charter mem- 
ber and longtime deacon at the Grace Brethren Church, 
York, PA, He, along with his sons, was responsible for the be- 
ginning of the Grace Brethren Church in York after meeting 
in his home for a period of time, Kenn Cosgrove, pastor, 
KROUSE, Verna, 88, Nov, 11, She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, since 1911. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

LARSEN, Ralph, 75, Nov. 2. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Worthington, OH, and a "winter" 
member of the Grace Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, 
FL. Edmund De Zago, pastor. 

MOORE, Howard, 94. He was the oldest living active mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles 
Martin, pastor, 

RICKABAUGH. Eugene, March 31. He was a member of 
the Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Don 
Rough, pastor. 

ROSNER, Ralph, Jan. 16. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Uniontown, PA. True Hunt, pastor. 
SASSAMAN, Bruce, 68, Oct. 27. He was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, PA. True Hunt, pastor. 
SIMMONS, Lillian, 73, March 21. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 

SPEICHER, Goldie, March 28, She was a member of the Ellet 
Grace Brethren Church, Akron, OH, for fifty years. 
STATOME, Dove Teague, Dec, 15, The memorial service was 
held at the First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, VA, Lester 
Kennedy, pastor, 

WARNER, Todd C, 21, April 17. He was killed in an auto 
accident near Great Lakes Naval Base where he was in a 
nuclear program. He was a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Lansing, Ml. Gerald Polman, pastor. 
WILSON, Frank, June 15, 1982. He was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, PA. True Hunt, pastor. 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Brethren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. ■ 


JULY '83 


Tiadaghton Valley 

A Valley in Need of Love 

The congregation of the Tiadaghton 
Valley Grace Brethren Church 

by James E. Snavely, Pastor 

Tiadaghton Valley 

Grace Brethren Church 

Avis (Jersey Shore) 


Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 
13, that without love life becomes 
meaningless. Perhaps this best de- 
scribes the plight in the Tiadaghton 

Nestled between two immense 
scenic mountain ranges, the Tia- 
daghton Valley is the least populous 
valley in northcentral Pennsylvania. 
At a lookout high on a mountain- 
top, it is a breathtaking view as 
one's eyes sweep up and down the 
valley floor. Following the gentle 
rolling curvature of the Susque- 
hanna River, attention is drawn to 
the shore-side communities, Mon- 
toursville, Williamsport, Jersey 
Shore, Avis, and, finally. Lock 
Haven. Approximately seventy 
thousand people call this area home. 

In years past, logging and lumber- 
ing contributed to the basic settle- 
ment of this territory. Since then 
the logging industry has greatly di- 
minished. Piper Aircraft and small 
industrial activity have developed 
and filled the void for employment. 
The economy has been torn by the 
present recession . . . but not shat- 

Fourteen miles from Williams- 
port, Jersey Shore is a small com- 
munity of about five thousand 
people. This is where God appointed 
the birth of a new mission work. 

In early fall of 1981, approxi- 
mately thirty individuals banded 
together and formed a Bible study 


JULY '83 


The auditorium of their church building is filled for a morning worship service. 

with the intention of establishing a 
Bible-teaching church. Coming out 
from the bonds of legalism, the 
group was concerned about how 
they would avoid the same situa- 
tion in a new work. Naturally dis- 
cussion evolved around the type of 
church that would best meet the 
needs of their lives and the com- 
munity. At the encouragement of 
the Dennis Dale family, former 
members of the Melrose Gardens 
Grace Brethren Church in Harris- 
burg, Pennsylvania, the group con- 
tacted Pastor Charles iVIartin, chair- 
man of the West Penn District 
IVIission Board. Under the guiding 
direction of Pastor IVIartin and 

other West Penn ministers, a Grace 
Brethren Church was soon in 

The first service was August 2, 
1981, and by October 21 the group 
officially declared themselves the 
Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren 
Church. God immediately opened 
the door at a local YMCA for Sun- 
day services. Shortly thereafter, 
services were moved to a fellowship 
hall at the Jersey Shore Indepen- 
dent Fire Company. With sound 
teaching from district pastors and a 
local fundamental minister, the 
group enthusiastically moved for- 
ward. On IVlay 1, 1982, I, who had 
been an associate at the Grace 

Brethren Church of Lititz, Pennsyl- 
vania, my wife, Kitty, and our two 
children, arrived on the field to as- 
sume the leadership. 

As the new work developed, 
feathers ruffled in the community. 
Established local church groups be- 
came irritated. A fundamental pas- 
tor, speaking on a local radio 
station, broadcast a warning to the 
community, ". . . the new group is 
cultish." Since arriving on the field, 
we have received an arson threat on 
our home. Yet, through the clouds 
of darkness there is a penetrating 
ray of light. A field of souls is ripe 
and waiting. And, one by one, God 
is producing a victorious harvest. 

With a vision and aggressiveness, 
this small group soon outgrew the 
fire house facility in Jersey Shore. 
God opened the door of opportun- 
ity by making it possible to rent a 
small, vacant church building in the 
nearby community of Avis. In 
August of 1982, a zealous, excited 
group sang praises to God Almighty 
after moving the few church pos- 
sessions into the newly leased build- 
ing following a Sunday evening 

Although the Grace Brethren 

The men of the Tiadaghton 
Valley GBC observe the foot- 
washing service during a recent 

(Continued on page 16) 


JULY '83 


Pastor Jim and Kitty Snavely 

The Valley and the Pastor 

by James Snavely, Pastor 
Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren Church 

All through my childhood, my family vacationed in northern 
Pennsylvania. I became quite familiar with the area. Subsequent- 
ly, with my call to the ministry, I also developed a burning desire 
to see a Grace Brethren Church in this part of the country. Even 
while working in a secular vocation, my wife and I had considered 
a move to this location on several occasions. In the summer of 
1981, after completing survey work on several communities in 
northern Pennsylvania, I contacted Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of the Brethren Home Missions Council, with the re- 
sults. He informed me of the new group in Jersey Shore and en- 
couraged contact with the West Penn District. Nine months later 
we arrived on the field. 

The people here are very distant, at times seemingly unfriend- 
ly. In reality, most are simply gun-shy. By befriending and loving 
them, they begin to pop out of their shells and radiate. I person- 
ally believe we are on the threshold of spiritual revival throughout 
this valley. So much of this development is dependent upon this 
first work at Avis, and we are being set apart as a church that ex- 
hibits love and concern. 

We have investigated beginning a work in Williamsport, but 
we realized it was not God's time for that. I am presently leading 
a Bible study in the northern tier of the valley under the direction 
of the West Penn District Mission Board. ■ 


JULY '83 



(Continued from page 15) 

Fellowship Is virtually unknown 
here, this small church is creating a 
buzz throughout the valley. By 
God's grace, eyes, which at first 
were very critical, are now Intently 
observing each move the church 
makes. This places a mighty chal- 
lenge before the footsteps of this 
work and its people. 

This valley is In great need of the 
demonstrated love of Jesus Christ. 
Deeply rooted in tradition, ritual- 
ism, and legalistic Christianity, 
disillusionment has cast a shadow 
of despair over the entire area. The 
world of sin runs rampant like the 
swelling Susquehanna River as it 
overtakes the lowlands during the 
spring thaw. 

Since the church's birth over a 
year and a half ago, the Sunday 
morning worship attendance has 
grown from the 30s to the 80s. 
Ministry emphasis Is placed on love, 
fellowship and outreach. The 
church Is seeing the hearts of har- 
dened people begin to mellow. It is 
amazing what the love of the 
Saviour can do. Most of the mem- 
bers who were imprisoned in legal- 
Ism are beginning to find victory 
over this awful curse. As time pro- 
gresses, the flowing love that per- 
meates so many of our churches 
across the nation will be a distinc- 
tion of this group. 

It takes time to build solid pro- 
grams and to gain godly leadership, 
but progress Is seen. The church 
now has a full Sunday program and 
Wednesday evening activities for all 
ages. Since last fall, the ladies have 
met monthly forWMC. Excitement 
Is building both with the upcoming 
first Vacation Bible School and the 
ministry of a Barnabas Team from 
GBC Christian Ed. 

In March, settlement was made 
on 4.3 acres of land. This parcel of 
land is located just four blocks 
from the present building and joins 
and overlooks the major highway 
through the valley. The purchase 
price for the land was $15,000. 
With the great service of the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation, the 
church anticipates repayment of 
the loan by the end of the year. 
Building plans and construction 
goals are presently being made. ■ 

interest rates . . . 

a major hurdle in church growth. 

The Brethren Investment Foundation is striving to 
change that trend. At 3 to 5 percentage points 
below the commercial rate, the BIF's growth loans 
allow a church to realize down to earth savings. 
And that's the bottom line. ^^^ 





Box 587 • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Brethren Home Missions 
Field Secretaries' Wives 

Phyllis Smith 

God has been so good to me. How can I 
help but continually praise Him? 

He let me be born into a Christian family. 
I was the third child in a family that would 
consist of six children. From my earliest recol- 
lection, our lives were centered around Christ 
and the local church program. 

During my younger years, the Brethren 
Church in Osceola, Indiana, was small, so we 
all became very involved in the church pro- 
gram, mostly in the area of music. Mother, be- 
ing, very musical herself, often had us singing 
duets and trios with her. She saw that we all 
had some kind of music lessons— piano, ac- 
cordian, trumpet, and so forth. 

Although I don't remember the date, I do 
remember walking down the long aisle to ac- 
cept Jesus as my Saviour when I was six or 

Mother never worked outside the home 
and, consequently, was always there for us, to 
play with us, hear our little problems, and ad- 
vise us in our many and sundry decisions. 

He let me be exposed to many Brethren 

leaders. Because our young church was near 
Winona Lake, Indiana, most of the Brethren 
church leaders and missionaries ministered to 
us. Our home was usually the place where 
these speakers were entertained for Sunday 
dinner. I learned firsthand the thrills of being 
on the mission field, the joys of training 
young men at Grace Seminary, and the ex- 
citement of building new Home Missions 
churches. I also learned that the best thing I 
could do with my life was to give it whole- 
heartedly to Christ for full-time service, which 
I did when I was about fourteen years old. 

He led me to attend and graduate from a 
good Christian college. I feel that the Chris- 
tian college experience was vital in my life for 
developing maturity and making me usable 
for His service. It also helped me to establish 
self-worth and diminish an inferiority com- 

I began to feel that I would love to be a 
pastor's wife, but was open to wherever God 
would lead me. He gave me a wonderful Chris- 
tian husband who was already serving the 
Lord full time as an evangelist. 

I had completed two years of public school 
teaching in Osceola. The Lord then opened 
the door for me to go to Whittier, California, 
to help start a Christian Day School where I 
taught for two years. During my first year in 
California, I met Bill Smith who was holding 
crusade meetings in our Brethren churches 
there. We began dating and I began asking the 
Lord what I should do about this young man. 
The Lord eventually gave me a love for him 
and a complete peace that Bill was the mate 
for me. So when the big question was 
"popped," there was no hesitation in my af- 
firmative answer. My teaching career ended 
and I embarked on a fascinating, exciting, 
ever-changing life's journey with a fascinating, 
exciting, ever-changing yet unchanging man. 


JULY '83 


God has called capable women to serve as 
help-meets to the field secretaries of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. These special ladies 
keep the home fires burning as their husbands 
travel many miles throughout the Fellowship, 
promoting Brethren Home Missions and helping 
build new churches to the glory of God. 

This month, we conclude a two-part series 
featuring these women. Meet Phyllis Smith, 
wife of Eastern Field Secretary, Rev. William 
Smith; and Betty Byers, wife of Southern Field 
Secretary, Rev. William Byers. 

Betty Byerss 

I grew up on a small farm in central Ohio. 
It was not a Christian home, but we had some 
friends who invited us to their church and 
sometimes we would attend. I clearly remem- 
ber the day my family was baptized in a creek 
beside this little country church. None of us 
knew what it meant to have our sins forgiven 
and to know Jesus as a personal Saviour and 
Lord, but we did become church members. 

When I was in eighth grade, at that same 
church, an evangelist spoke. For the first time 
I understood I was a sinner and could not 
spend eternity with God if I were to die. The 
Bible verse, "For all have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23) was 
very real to me. I went forward at the end of 
that service and trusted Jesus to be my 
Saviour. "But as many as received him, 
[Christ] to them gave he power to become 
the sons of God, . . " (John 1:12). I was born 
into God's family! I felt so good— so clean! I 
had peace with God knowing that all my sins 
were forgiven. I wanted to go to school the 
next day and tell my friends. But then, I be- 

came afraid. What would they think? Maybe 
they wouldn't want to be my friend any 
longer. And so I kind of kept my newfound 
joy to myself. My family didn't attend church 
very often and I didn't know what it was to 
read or study the Bible. Therefore, I did not 
grow in my Christian life as I went through 
high school. 

After I graduated, I had an excellent office 
job, a steady boyfriend and I felt pretty se- 
cure. However, I knew something was missing 
in my life. My brother, his family and my 
mother had all become Christians and were 
attending the then-Brethren Home Missions 
church (Woodville Grace Brethren Church in 
Mansfield, Ohio). It was Easter Sunday and 
they were having a week of special meetings 
with the Brethren Evangelistic team (Rev. 
Archie Lynn, evangelist; Bill Byers, song 
leader; Jim Martin, pianist). I attended these 
services and noticed a radiance in Bill's life 
that was missing in my own. I battled my will 
against God's that entire week. I knew the 
Lord was speaking to me telling me that I 
needed to stop seeing the fellow I was dating 
and that I needed to go to a Christian college 
to train for Christian service. By the end of 
the week I committed my life to His will to 
go where He wanted me to go and to do any- 
thing He wanted me to do. From then on, it 
was God's will— not mine. 

The last Sunday of the meetings, Bill asked 
me to go for an afternoon ride. We had a won- 
derful time. I could see in him the spiritual 
life and leadership I so admired. He encour- 
aged me to go to a Christian college and told 
me about Grace College in Winona Lake, In- 
diana. After prayerfully considering three 
schools, I definitely felt the Lord's leadership 
to go to Grace. 

Bill and I dated off and on during my four 
years at Grace, and then we were married 
after graduation. He was already pastoring the 
Patterson Memorial Brethren Church in Hol- 
lins, Virginia, at that time. How I thank the 
Lord for the dear ladies in that church who 
lovingly helped me as a new pastor's wife. 
After ten and one-half years. Bill felt the 
Lord's leadership to begin a Home Missions 
church in Atlanta, Georgia. It was hard for us 
to leave the security we had in Roanoke to go 
to a place where we knew no one. We praise 
the Lord that He chose to work through us to 
establish that church. ■ 


JULY '83 


^y : '% 

(Editor's note: John Trujillo is pastor of ttie Navajo Red La/<e Community Grace Bret/iren 
Cfiurch, Ton alee, Arizona.) 

by John Trujillo 

This is a true story. It happened to my 
mother-in-law, Alice Esplain. From the time 
she was saved she has loved God and praises 
Him. Every day she prays to Him, and reads 
His Word all the time, too. She tells her 
people what Jesus did for her. She tells them 
how He changed her life. She does not know 
English. Even so, she knows her own language 
and how to read it. Every day she takes her 
Navajo Bible and song book with her in a 
little bag. Everywhere she goes, even on a 
trip, she takes it with her. When she herds 
sheep she takes this bag with her. 

Once when it was summer she carried it 
with her. The sheep left from the camp and 
she followed them. After she got the sheep 
headed back toward home she sat down to 
rest. As she was resting she took out her 
Navajo Bible and read it. When she finished 
reading she prayed and thanked God. After 
she had done this, she got up again and 
started out after the sheep. As she went along 
she heard a loud noise out of the bushes. The 
noise frightened her so much that she swung 
the bag she had in her hand toward the noise. 
At that moment a rattlesnake had jumped up 
and was hit by the bag. The bag made a loud 
noise when it hit the snake. After she had run 
a short distance she looked back and saw that 
it was a rattlesnake. Instead of the snake strik- 
ing her, it had been hit by the bag holding her 
Navajo, Bible and song book. After the snake 
was hit, it went back into the bushes. 

Trembling, she hurried after the sheep 
again. As she hurried along, she thought about 
what had happened. "What if I had not had 
the bag with the Bible and song book? If I 
had not read God's Word and prayed to Him, 
what would have happened?" 

You should think about this, my brothers 
and sisters in Christ. Satan works just like this 
jumping rattlesnake. For this reason, we 
should walk every day very close to God. 

Ephesians 6:11-18 speaks very well to be- 
lievers. It teaches us how to walk, having put 
on the armor of God. Verse 1 1 says, "Put on 

the whole armor of God, that ye may be able 
to stand against the wiles of the devil." It also 
speaks of holding the shield of faith in front 
of you, in verse 16. Use faith as a shield. Trust 
God alone because only God truly lives. 

In verse 17, it says, "Take the sword of the 
Spirit, which is the word of God." This 
sword, the Word of God, should be picked up 
and read every day. This is exactly what my 
mother-in-law does. She takes the Word of 
God with her wherever she goes. She carries it 
along with her song book in a little bag be- 
cause she loves God. We, too, should read 
God's Word every day. We should have it in 
our hand so we can read it every day. 

In verse 18, it says we should always pray 
in the Holy Spirit. By reading God's Word and 
praying, we give thanks to Him. Praying is the 
main weapon against Satan. Satan is really 
afraid of prayer. When a believer is praying, 
Satan just takes off. That is really the truth. 

God's Word tell us to pray always. It does 
not say to pray just once in a while. It does 
not say to pray just when you have problems. 
Neither does it say to pray just when you 
need something. But it says to pray in the 
Holy Spirit all the time. This is a strong com- 
mand to believers, God's children. 

The verses in Ephesians speak very well to 
us. We should obey them. 

(Reprinted from Listen. Used by permission, Navajo 
Bible Institute, Cortez, Colorado.) ■ 


JULY '83 


The mix in a church can be so 
varied. Many people in our chur- 
ches just don't seem to listen to 
that homogeneous idea about 
church growth and they bring in 
many ideas and stripes of convic- 

How, Lord, are we ever to 
get along with love? 

It doesn't seem like it can 

Edna is good at Rook but 
thinks "gambler's cards" are all 
wrong. Fred enjoys a good clean 
movie no matter where he sees it; 
while Ed, who sits next to him 
on the deacon board, is death on 

The Smiths let their daughter 
double-date at 14, and their 
next-door neighbors, the Olsons, 
who are new Christians, have al- 
ways preached 17 to their 


Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Judy Fairman, Director of SiVllVI 

Living Witli th< 


Three people in the alto sec- 
tion love Keith Green records, 
and at least three others are sure 
Chrystine Wyrtzen is "ail the 
mod any good Christian should 


How can they all make it on 
the rough seas of life in one boat, 
our church? 

We could split over Jerry Fal- 
well or maybe even our Foreign 
Missions strategy in Brazil! We 
certainly run the risk of a good 
fight on the color of the carpet! 

God probably saw the poten- 
tial danger when He decided to 
use people to make up His 
church and function as the body 
of Christ in a particular setting, 
in the churches. So He had one 
of His favorite writers give us the 
four great "unity with diversity" 

chapters— Romans 14, 1 Corij 
thians 8, 10, and 12. It's interei 
ing that in the grey areas, whej 
the Bible is not clear, God aif 
Paul do not try to get us to thii| 
the same but to have the sari 
purpose— to glorify God, he| 
each other, and live with del 
obedience to one's own cc 

The principle of acceptani| 
and unity is even related to t'; 
outreach of the church. It is eat 
for a church to program itsij 
right out of the market of sinnej 
by the way it builds itswelcori 
signs. If you find yourself or\ 
moving toward those you fiij 
yourself attracted to, you m| 
be part of the problem rath 
than the Lord's solution! 

Adult Bible Fellowships, 
our adult Sunday school class 


It's the beginning of next month, a very special seminar day as part of the national conference of Grace 
Brethren Churches— it was set up with you, the active Christian, in mind. Write or call for a complete sched- 
ule! . . . The newest CE ministry products are strong in areas of discipleship, small groups, and special 
stretches and events in a church year. 

You should see it! . . . All of our directors will be part of the CE workshops August 1. It will be good to 
see you. Thank you for your faithful support, through prayers and gifts. . . .Over 100 are on ministry 
teams right now, with Director of Youth Ministries Ed Lewis leading a Pennsylvania Barnabas team. 

D help 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 


:hey are often called, are 
ler pictures of the way the 
>r church should get along, 
ve accept and come together, 
for the purpose of unprofit- 

disputing (Rom. 14:1) but 
ove each other (1 Cor. 13- 
ce where that great chapter 
sarsl), we are showing the 
Id and fighting Christians 

it can be done! 

hristians can mix without 

sing it all up. The body does 

all have to be forearm or 
SP or Republican. 
ri fact, it is in tension that 
! shows! 

ermons go by God's Word, 
1 "I think" as an insert when 
pture is silent. 

'he mix in ministries and 
iais is built on a common 
imitment to Christ and His 
f, not a common perception 
iverything else. 

'hank you for doing your 
t! You are for sure needed! 
/Ome, mix in with the love of 
ist and His doctrine! 


Dale and Ginny Knepper are members of the "Second Wind" team of seven that 
will be visiting churches for two weeks of special ministry in outreach and training, 
beginning next January. Here they describe recent training in one of their major 
areas on "Second Wind. " 

by Dale and Ginny Knepper 

The whole thing seemed silly at first. The concrete floor below us had been "wet 
cement" a week before. Evidences of the construction work could be found every- 
where—bare light bulbs dangling from temporary wiring, and aluminum studding 
forming the skeleton of front walls. Why would anyone hold an evangelism seminar 
in a half-finished church auditorium? 

Then the light dawned, as we realized that without an effective outreach to their 
community, this church would never need to finish the auditorium. Guess they 
must take this evangelism stuff pretty seriously . . . 

The first thing that impressed us about this seminar, called 'The Master's Plan," 
is that every believer can put it into practice right where he is, in his daily life. 
Often referred to as "relationship" or "lifestyle" evangelism, "the plan" combines 
the New Testament concept of spreading the Gospel from person to person over 
natural bridges of close relationships with modern church growth principles. 

As the plan was unfolded to us, it became evident that it was not some magic 
formula. All of the principles were familiar, but the concept behind "The Master's 
Plan" placed each step in a natural progression. We were urged to plan a truly ef- 
fective witness among our families, friends, and others with whom we have close 

We discussed how to build bridges of love to people we already know. 'The 
Master's Plan" is much more than an evangelism technique to bring someone to 
a saving knowledge of Christ. An integral part is developing a way of leading your 
relative or friend to become a real disciple of Christ. This depends on our willing- 
ness to focus on that person, find ways of strengthening our relationship, caring 
and loving through our actions and words, and involving him with other members 
of the body of Christ. 

The final step in 'The Master's Plan" is to incorporate that person into the 
church body. This is where Adult Bible Fellowships, choirs, small-group Bible 
studies, WMC, or laymen's groups and other programs can have the greatest impact. 
The more "doors" a church has by which an unbeliever or young believer can enter, 
the more easily he can be assimilated into the church body. 

We are excited about this plan. It is the bread and butter of the local church. 
We're looking forward to fulfilling 'The Master's Plan" and sharing it with other 
churches. ■ 

JULY '83 


— Women Manifesting Qhrist — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

by June Immel 

Missionary to tlie Central African Republic 

Be exact! Be precise! Be specific! 

The other day I told the man who 
helps with things around our house to 
"mop the floor." I returned to the kit- 
chen to finish my tasks there. Several 
minutes later I walked into the living 
room to see how he was doing. There he 
was on hands and knees dry-mopping a 
cement floor. 

I had neglected to say "with water." 

Last week my husband, Howard, asked 
him to put a can of peas on the stove. He 
did... unopened! Howard then explained 
to him the process of opening a can, 
pouring the contents into a pan, and put- 
ting it on the stove. However, he used the 
word "oven" instead of stove. 

Now the peas were in the oven. 

With patience, Howard explained that 
the pan of peas goes on top of the stove. 

Be exact! Be precise! Be specific! 

As I thought of these two episodes, I 
was reminded of how God wants us to 
pray: specifically, exactly, precisely. Do 
you pray, "Bless the missionaries"? Have 
you ever thought of writing to a mission- 
ary and asking for specific prayer re- 

Try it! 

Then your prayers will be exact, pre- 
cise, and specific . . . and answered! And 
you will be blessed. ■ 

Jftssionary ^Birthdays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found in the August/ 
September Foreign IVtissions ECHOES.^ 


Mrs. Grace Pettman September 8 

Mrs. Eileen Miller September 18 

Jay Farner September 19, 1974 


Mrs. Betty Hocking September 11 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Mrs. Alys Haag September 1 1 


Caryn Schrock September 22, 1977 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Erin Stallter September 8, 1981 

Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 


WMC Operation and Publication Expenses 

Goal: $8,000 

Send before September 10 

Improvements in the Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers program will be described during 
National CE Convention, Monday, August 1, 
held at Winona Lake, Indiana. Brad Skiles, 
director of administration for GBC Christian 
Education, will lead a 10:30 a.m. workshop 
explaining how new materials and a local 
church emphasis have enhanced the BSLV 
program. Plan on attending the workshop to 
hear how WMCs can hel p! 



Rosella Cochran 

Birthday Missionary 

by Rosella Cochran 

1982-83 Birthday Missionary 

Shortly after my arrival in the United States in 
April 1982, the Lord started hinting to me that I 
might not be returning to the Central African Re- 
public at the end of my eight-month furlough. Now, 
after a year, health does not permit such a venture. 

As I reflect on my twenty-eight years of serving 
my Master in Africa, an attitude of gratefulness fills 
my heart. First of all, I am thankful to my God and 
Saviour Jesus Christ for my salvation. Why should He 
save me? But He did, and I am His forever. Praise His 

Secondly, I am thankful to the churches and to all 
the individuals who have supported me with material 
gifts. Even before a need arose, the Lord supplied 
through the generosity of His people who have so 
faithfully done their part by "holding the ropes." 
They were not only giving, but they were also praying 
and writing words of encouragement. Their rewards 
will be great! 

Lastly, I am thankful for the memories that flood 
my soul. These are many and precious. All are not 
pleasant, but the pleasant ones far outweigh the un- 
pleasant, so the end result leaves me rejoicing in what 
the Lord has permitted me to do for Him. 

For two terms, I was active in the medical work. 
Perhaps these were the most exciting years. There was 
a fragment of the pioneer spirit— living in homes with- 
out modern conveniences, no radio communication 
between stations, no airplanes, and, sometimes, no 
means of transportation. It was thrilling to see the 

Lord undertake in impossible situations— healing 
bodies, transforming lives through the ministry of His 
Word, supplying needs, or helping us to do the job 
with what was available. 

Then in the 60s came the excitement of an ex- 
panded literature ministry. For this I had had no 
training, but it was a challenging ministry. I learned 
to operate the IBM typewriter which was powered by 
a diesel generator or 12-volt battery. By trial-and- 
error (many errors), I did half-tones and other proce- 
dures relating to printing. The most exciting of 
literature-ministry days was in 1966 when we sold the 
first copies of the entire Bible in Sango from the back 
of a pickup truck. 

For several years, I had a part in selling literature 
at the annual national conference. Behind these ex- 
citing scenes was a backdrop of hours and hours (and 
weeks and months) of tedious labor— writing, trans- 
lating, editing, proofreading, and making corrections, 
but the final scene was rewarding. 

My service in Africa came to an abrupt halt. I 
would not have had it so, but our sovereign Lord is in 
control. At the end of my twenty-eight years in the 
C.A.R., I can only exclaim, "Oh, the depth of the 
riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How 
unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond 
tracing out. . . . To him be glory forever!" (Rom. 
11:33,36 NIV). 

A poem by Georgia B. Adams says in part, "Work 
out each God-given duty, be faithful among the least, 
and God who sees you in secret will all your labors 
increase. He sees your heart and each moving! He'll 
honor the good and the true, and faithfulness in the 
small things brings the greater tasks to do! Tis true 
God has greener pastures, 'tis true He has fields afar, 
but first prove to Him you're faithful in the place just 
where you are!" 

I have been to the "fields afar." The Lord of the 
Harvest went with me, and not once did He leave me 
during those years. It seems there must be more 
"fields afar," but where? And when? 

At the moment He has revealed nothing to me be- 
yond today. I know I am His, and He is saying just 
now, "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young 
men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the 
Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on 
wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint" (Isa. 40:30-31 NIV). 

Send a letter of encouragement to your 
BSLVer as he/she works at a summer job 
or is involved in some type of summer 


& . BSLV 



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(The group she made reference to was the S.W.A.T. team returning from orientation at Worthington, Ohio. 
Gregg Straits was the leader.) 


JULY '83 


Focus on Faculty 

Alice W. Petty 

Director of Placement 

Part-time Instructor in Psychology 

Birthdate: February 23, 1953 

Salvation: 1959 in BYF 

Education: B.A. in Sociology, Grace Col- 
lege, 1975 
M.S. in Education, St. Francis 

College, 1977 
Certification in Reality 
Therapy, 1981 

Favorite Biblical Books: James 

Favorite Scripture: James 1 22 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: Job Place- 
ment Techniques, Reality Therapy 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Social Psychol- 
ogy, Job Market Psychology 

Joined Grace Faculty: January 1979 
(faculty), July 1982 (Career Counsel- 
ing and Placement) 

Marriage: September 9, 1978, to Steven 
J. Petty 

Children: None 

Hobbies: Eating at new restaurants, visit- 
ing with friends 

Latest Accomplishment: Career Fairs at 
Grace College; Sponsoring a Reality 
Therapy Workshop 

Grace Graduates 

Fare Well in 
the Job Market 

by Alice Petty 

Director of Placement, Grace College 

It is no secret that finding a job has not been the easiest 
task for college students during the past few years. The 
state of the economy has affected virtually every area of 
potential job placement across all regions of the country. 
It may, however, be some comfort to this year's seniors to 
know that the class of 1982 at Grace College fared well in 
the job market. 

Over three-fourths of last year's graduating class re- 
sponded to a placement survey conducted by the Career 
Counseling and Placement Office last semester. Of these, 
82 percent reported that they were employed on a full- 
time basis. Twelve percent were attending graduate school 
which accounts for part of the graduates who are either 
unemployed or working part time. 

Teachers, nurses, and business and math majors re- 
ported the highest placement rates with 88 percent place- 
ment in each area. Science majors were a close second with 
80 percent. The highest salary obtained was in the 
$24,000-26,999 range and was achieved by a business/ 
math graduate. Close to half of the salaries clustered be- 
tween $6,000-$ 14,999, however. 

Grace's class of 1982 can be found working as auditors, 
missionaries, youth workers, electricians, teachers, case- 
workers, revenue agents, library assistants, management 
trainees, insurance agents, and nurses, as well as others. 
Employers of these alumni include: Kentucky Central Life 
Insurance Company, Walt Disney World, Campbell Soup 
Company, Pizza Hut, American Customs Brokerages, 
Ginter Electric, Internal Revenue Service, Sun Metal, 
Audit Bureau of Circulations, United Parcel Service, River- 
wood Ranch, as well as numerous hospitals and clinics, and 
public and Christian schools. 

Good jobs are not the result of chance occurrences. 
Many of these students realized that getting a job is a job 
in itself and worked long and hard to obtain the positions 
they have secured. The Career Counseling and Placement 
Office is prepared to help this year's graduates learn how 
to effectively tackle the job market. ■ 


JULY '83 


Top Twenty Churches 

in Per Capita Giving to Grace Schools 

CHURCH Per Member 

Basore Road Grace Brethren Church (Dayton, OH) $351.12 

Grace Brethren Church (Lancaster, PA) $131.14 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (Winona Lake, IN) $101.97 

Bethel Brethren Church (Berne, IN) $ 59.1 1 

Grace Brethren Church (San Diego, CA) $ 53.95 

Calvary Grace Brethren Church (Alto, Ml) $ 53.09 

Conennaugh Grace Brethren Church (Johnstown, PA) $ 49.1 1 

Peru Grace Brethren Church (Peru, IN) $ 48.1 1 

Grace Brethren Church (Danville, OH) $ 45.18 

Bell Brethren Church (Bell, CA) $ 43.38 

West Homer Brethren Church (Homerville, OH) $ 43.1 1 

Grace Brethren Church (Wooster, OH) $ 41 .95 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church (Telford, PA) $ 39.15 

Grace Brethren Church (Waterloo, lA) $ 37.89 

Community Grace Brethren Church (Warsaw, IN) $ 37.30 

Grace Brethren Church (Fremont, OH) $ 35.78 

Atlanta Grace Brethren Church (Marietta, GA) $ 34.45 

Grace Brethren Church (Hartford City, IN) $ 33.05 

Vandalia Grace Brethren Church (Vandalia, OH) $ 32.92 

Leesburg Grace Brethren Church (Leesburg, IN) $ 31.38 

nging Tours 

Nothing can compare with the thrill of 

seeing new places with friends 

who share your love of Jesus Christ. 

Grace Tours provides such opportunities 

each year. 

In 1984 you may experience the 

quiet tranquility of the Caribbean 

on board the Greel< registered Victoria 

from January 9-16. You'll enjoy quiet seas, 

remote beaches, phenomenal food and 

challenges each day from God's Word 

through the Bible ministry of Pastor Knute Larson. 

You can personally discover the mysteries 

and magic of China in March. We'll 

travel from San Francisco to Hong Kong 

and later to Canton and Peking 

for an unforgettable trip. 

Take your pick or join us for both 

but if you travel at all in 1984 . . . 

travel with Grace Tours. 


In Memory Of : 

Robert Cessna 

APRIL 1983 

Given By : 

Helen Bothwell 


Robert Collitt 
Flora Hengerer 
Clyde Hoppes 
Bernard Schneider 

Henry Setinsek 
Richard Spece 
Gerald Teeter 

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark 

Mrs. Harriett Gault 

Mrs. Hester Gault 

Mr. Fred Kaiesse 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Neill 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tyson 

Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Twombly 

WMC Ladies of Glendale, California 

Mrs. R. C. Hoppes 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kochheiser 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kochheiser 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kochheiser 

Rev. and Mrs. M. Lee Myers 

Mrs. Dolly Setinsek 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kilgore 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Twombly 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Trends in 



by Charles W. Turner 


It seems that a number of issues 
are always under discussion in re- 
ligious circles. Discussion, com- 
parison, and analysis are all histori- 
cal trademarks of the church. 
Whether the religious circle be evan- 
gelical or liberal, there are always 
some calculated guesses mixed in 
with the theological proclamations. 
At the present time, there are three 
trends that seem to catch the 
thought patterns of the more 
practical planners and projecters in 
church thinking. 

There is, first of all, a very con- 
conservative pattern that has 
emerged during the past several 
years. You find this conservative 
pattern and trend not only in re- 
ligion, but also in economics and 
politics as well, it is demanding a 
closer adherence to beliefs and 
leaves very little room for deviation 
from leadership. 

The second trend is towards an 
eldership-presbytery form of church 
government and away from the 
more traditional democratic proces- 

ses of the small congregatiorT? 
government of the past. Trained 
professional staffing creates less 
need for the endless full-group dis- 
cussion sessions called "Quarterly 
Business Meetings." Not too many 
folks showed up anyway and the re- 
ports were long and decisions were 
made by only a few. 

The third trend is the most ex- 
citing of the three I mentioned, so 
I will consider this one and catch 
the conservative trend and the 
eldership-presbytery government in 
a later editorial. 

The jet engine changed the 
world for better or for worse— time 
alone will tell! But it did change 
things. In 1959, when commercial 
aircraft cut the ocean crossings 
down to a few hours, people started 
to get acquainted with each other 
around the world. Nothing since 
has caused so many people to want 
to become world travelers. It be- 
came so easy and inexpensive to 
travel to Europe that I have met 
hundreds of high schoolers on their 
senior trips to the Continent. 
Mothers, dads. Farm Bureau, the 
local church, and the Society for 

the Another Trip Abroad have 
banded together in the past few 
years to form tour groups. The 
world has shrunken to a small 
image of its former self! 

Throngs of young people have 
started living and studying abroad 
for a year. Mission organizations 
~arso~ Tservt summer missionaries. 
Grandpa, grandma, mother, dad, 
and all the teenagers got into the 
act. The stage was being set for the 
greatest interest in missions that the 
.world has ever seen. Now comes the 
explosion! God is, I believe, using 
!,all of these seemingly normal 
• pursuits to build up this great 
'interest in foreign missions. Stu- 
' dents— summer part timers— want to 
become full timers. Watch out! — 
Germany, France, Africa, South 
America; they are getting ready to 
come by the dozens, year after- 

This is happening in many evan 
gelical circles. Let's tighten the' 
circle to a more known quanti- 
ty. The Grace Brethren Church is 
right in the middle of the stream of 
all the previously mentioned hap- 
penings. For many, many years we 
have been sending; but it looks to 
me as if we are about to have an 
explosion in sheer numbers of 
trained people. The foreign mis- 
sions vision is getting wider as GBC 
Christian Education groups have 
worked with Foreign Missions. 
Grace Seminary professors are 
abroad teaching and setting up pro- 
grams of training for seminary level 
work. The Brethren Missionary 
Herald is putting Brethren material 
into Sango, French, Portuguese, 
and Spanish. Last year, a trip I 
made to England, France, Germany 
and Switzerland opened new possi- 
bilities for printing. 

The converging of what has 
been the seeming events of history 
is leading to the renewal of an old 
commandment to "Go into all the 
world . . . ." The Brethren have 
been equal to the task in the past, 
and they will be again this time. I 
like this new trend, and so will 
you. Try it! 





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4 FGBC Grows Slowly, But Steadily 

6 Soul Winning, a Bottom Line in Church Planting 

10 Understanding Our Trials 

13 Homespun 

15 GBC Christian Education Stockholders Report 

19 Rev. Ron Picard— New Director of the Board of Evangelism 

20 Lyon-The Hill of Light 

23 A Great Door and Many Adversaries! 

26 You Could Call It Live Oak Park 

27 Grace Brethren Foreign Missions Enters the Orient 

28 Grace News Notes 

30 From Mortarboard to Mickey Mouse Ears 

biriti features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 14 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

The report for the fiscal year, which 
ended In June, indicated a new record of 
giving to the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society. It was $120,124.87 and that is 
$435.54 over the former year. . . . The 
Fifty-ninth Annual Conference of the Fel- 
lowship met at Winona Lake, Indiana, with 
the theme "Separated for Souls." The 
moderator was W. A. Ogden, Robert Culver 
was the Bible lecturer, and Russell Ward 
served as the song leader. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1968 

Rev. and Mrs. Lon Karns were honored 
at the Englewood, Ohio, church in a com- 
bined mortgage burning and "This Is Your 
Life Program." They were presented with 
the keys to a 1968 Oldsmobile as well. . . . 
One year ago. Rev. Lester E. Pifer met with 
several families to begin a work at Myers- 
town, Pennsylvania. Services began in the 
Keystone Fire House, and Rev. Roy Dice 
acted as part-time pastor. The attendance 
averaged in the high 40s. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

Mr. Joe Taylor, a director of Home Mis- 
sions, directed the building program at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Ormond Beach, 
Florida, with Gary Cole as pastor. . . . The 
sixty-fifth title from BMH Books was re- 
leased. It was: The Moon: Its Creation, 
Form, and Significance. It was written by 
Drs. John Whitcomb and Donald DeYoung, 
Grace Schools faculty members. 


Dear Readers, 

"The Great Herald Pay-Off the 
Heidelberg Press Debt Program," an- 
nounced just a month ago in the 
Herald, is now history. The goal was to 
pay off the balance due on the "new" 
Heidelberg Press in just a matter of 
weeks. We had gone from $90,000- 
the original debt, to $19,545; and set 
out to pay off the balance by July 30. 
The letters had no sooner hit the mail 
than they began to come back with 
$1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 gifts. 
They came back from different regions 
of the country with notes of encour- 
agement; and, as I write this letter 
about a month before the deadline, I 
do not know whether we were able to 
reach the goal by July 30. I somehow 
feel it will happen, for I do know we 
have many, many dear friends who 
want to help. 

Our thanks to each of you for shar- 
ing in the program, as you have done 
so many times before. We love all of 
you!- CWT and the Herald Staff 

Cover photo by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Pastor Sheldon Perrine of the Hemet, 
California, GBC, counsels a young girl. Her 
parents look on. 


An interview with Burt Festa, author of a 
new diagnostic study of church growth in the 
Brethren Church. 



Grows Slow^ly, But 

Editor's note: Burt Festa 
is a graduate of LeTourneau 
College and Western Graduate 
School. He also studied at 
Grace Theological Seminary. 
He conducted this study, 
focusing on three Grace Breth- 
ren churches in Southern 
California, for his doctoral 
thesis. It is expected to be re- 
leased shortly in book form. 

by Dr. Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 
Brethren Home Missions Council 

Q. Burt, what exactly is a demographic 
diagnostic study as you term it? 

A. It deals with the movement and charac- 
teristics of people from the smallest census 
tract . . . to the national overview. 

It can be compared with a general yearly 
medical checkup which can help reaffirm 
good medical progress or diagnose a potential 
problem for immediate corrective action. 

•Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 



Q. What kind of churches did you study? 

A. A super-size church (2,000 plus morning 
worship attendance, and a large church— 350- 
2,000, and a medium— 75-200, in a ten-year 
period- 1969- 1979). 

Q. Do you consider such a study to be fair- 
ly representative of church growth principles? 

A. Yes 1 1 do. 

Q. In your study, were you able to draw 
any conclusions for our Fellowship in its 
growth pattern? 

A. Slow, but steady growth has character- 
ized the Fellowship nationally from 1939 to 
the present. 

Q. Having carefully read your book, I was 
impressed with the massive amount of factual 
material gathered. How did you acquire the 
facts that allowed you to make such bold ob- 

A. The data and information for this study 
was gathered over a three-year period utilizing 
sources from city and regional planning de- 
partments, chambers of commerce, realtors, 
U.S. Census Bureau, church and FGBC sta- 
tistical reports, pastors, elders, and church- 
wide surveys. 

Q. What years in the recent history of the 
Brethren Church did you note the most sig- 
nificant growth in the Brethren Church? 

A. In 1974 there was an increase of 10. 142 
percent that year. 


Q. Compare our (FGBC) statistics with the 
national figures of other evangelical churches. 


No. % 

Small (15-75) 62 29.9 

Medium (75-200) 101 48.7 

Medium Large (200-350) .. 22 10.6 

Large (350-2,000) 20 9.6 

Super (over 2,000) 2 1.2 

Reporting Churches 207 100.0 







Q. I assume that the three churches that 
you observed showed significant growth? 

A. Good to an incredible growth in the 
years studied. All of them were above what 
church growth authorities say is good! 

Q. To what do you attribute this unusual 
growth pattern for that period? 

A. Apparently this was due to "GROW 
73," the Fellowship's evangelism thrust in 

Q. Did you discover that the location of 
the church as to the type of its constituents 
had anything to do with growth or lack of it? 

A. If there are unsaved in the ministry area 
for which the church is located and the 
unsaved are of the same homogeneous unit, 
you will see growth. 

Q. Is ethnicity a factor 

A. Very definitely! 

in planting new 

Q. From your observations what would 
you suggest as an aid in reaching those com- 
munities in which certain social or ethnic 
groups are predominant? 

A. Change is a good basis for bridges to the 
unsaved world. Many times we are too much 
in a hurry. We must learn to fish spiritually. 

(Continued on page 6) 



(Continued from page 5) 

. . . We definitely need to be thinl<ing about 
planting churches to reach those "people 
groups. " 

Q. Did you note any significant change in 
the balance of racial mix while studying chur- 
ches in the West? 

A. No. Not in the three churches I studied. 
However, the media reports a great influx of 
Hispanic and Orientals. 

Q. Is it your opinion that the Brethren 
Church could and should minister to the vari- 
gated populous of America? 

A. Most certainly. 

Q. What do you consider to be the best 
vehicle for reversing what you have pointed 
out as serious trends within the Brethren 
Church and its growth patterns? 

A. Several steps need to be taken to in- 
crease our harvest potential. First, we need to 
know better who we are in our churches and 
learn to love each other as a demonstration 
that we are His disciples (John 15). Second, 
we must determine our target area and get our 
eyes on the unsaved harvest fields around us. 
Third, pick a method for equipping our 
people for effective evangelism— discipleship 
(Eph. 4:12), and do it consistently. Fourth, 
examine how we are doing and make correc- 
tions for the best utilization of resources in 
our churches (men, money, methods, and so 

Q. In the churches which you studied, did 
you find a strong church-planting philosophy? 

A. Yes! 

Q. Did any of these churches actually un- 
dertake the establishment of a new congre- 
gation? In so doing, did they provide bodies 
as well as bucks? 

A. All of the churches in this study have or 
are planning to start new churches out of the 
trained membership in its body. They are 
growing their own disciples and future pastors 
with an eye on the harvest around them and 
plan and pray to meet that vision. 

Team concept is growing with the idea 
of sending several families to aid the church 

Q. What one single factor did you observe 
as being the most important factor in devel- 
oping a growing church? 

A. Leadership. These leaders have vision 
and a godly restlessness to see men and chur- 
ches grounded in God's Word. 

Q. In your book you make several refer- 
ences to the Brethren Home Missions Council. 
Do you consider this missionary arm of the 
Brethren Church to be of significant impor- 
tance in the ongoing growth of the FGBC? 

A. Yes, the BHMC is trying to aid pastors 
and churches to a more fruitful harvest and to 
encourage them to enlarge their church- 
planting vision. 






A Bottoip 

Q. How is this so? 

A. Many aids in growtfi principles, evalu- 
ations with the statistical report and encour- 
agement from the district field secretaries. 

Q. You referred also to the Bountiful Har- 
vest program which has one year remaining in 
its efforts to establish 52 new churches in a 
five-year period. Does this goal seem realistic 
to you in the light of your research? 

A. The Fellowship has measurable accom- 
plishable goals that are commensurate with 
their vision. Individual pastors and churches 
must open their eyes to the harvest field 
around them and become a part of the harvest 
machinery for God's glory. 

A. In your book you quote from Harold 
Cook as to the basic catalyst for growth. What 
exactly is that? 

A. "Rarely does outstanding church growth 
come spontaneously without some strong per- 
sonality to take the lead. That person may or 
may not be the originator of the work, . . . but 
the role he plays is a crucial one. " 

Q. Why do you feel that some pastors and 
churches resist diagnostic surveys in their 

A. We evade reality by not measuring or 
documenting the results of our efforts. We 
state our accomplishments in generalities and 
fear that no growth and/or losses will reflect 
on our worth or challenge our effectiveness. ■ 


As a home mission execu- 
tive, I am very concerned 
about the steady decline in 
soul winning emphasis. His- 
torically, conservative, theo- 
logical institutions have not 
specialized in courses in this 
vital ministry. This is not an 
attitude of denial of its impor- 
tance, but rather an expecta- 
tion that it will generate out 
of a proper understanding of 
the Word of God. In 35 years 
of experience, soul winning- 
ability has appeared to be the 
greatest weakness among theo- 
logical students qualifying for 
church-planting ministries at 
home and abroad. 

Liberal institutions have 
made light of it because they 
really do not see the reality of 
the changed life, the born-again 
experience or the transforming 

ministry of the Holy Spirit. 

Church-growth people have 
recognized its necessity but 
have not prioritized it. It is 
evident from their instruction 
that it is a vital link in the 
ethnic evangelistic approach, 
to have a one-on-one disciple- 
ship process. They have care- 
fully pointed out that personal 
evangelism must begin with 
leadership, spearheading an ag- 
gressive program to involve 
collectively the church body 
in reaching the lost. Their re- 
lease of church growth statis- 
tics give mute evidence that 
the growing church must be 
geared to the personal evan- 
gelism approach. 

The lack of net results in on- 
going spiritual maturity from 
non-church entities have posed 
serious threats to the personal 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 
Brethren Home Missions Council 

soul-winning ministry. Admit- 
tedly, it is very difficult to 
deem accurately, statistically 
what God has done in human 
hearts through these dedi- 
cated and expensive efforts. 

Soul winning is a major 
theme in God's purpose for 
His Church. How else can you 
interpret the Great Commis- 
sion of Matthew 18:19-20 and 
Mark 16:15? Christ's com- 
mand was given to the Body 
of Christ, the Church, and 
should be a mainline consider- 
ation for its total ministry. In 
church planting, a soul-winning 
attitude, approach and prac- 
tice will determine the growth 
of the new church. 

Negatively, soul winning is 
not a ministry of attracting 
people from other churches. 

(Continued on page 8) 

Ine in Churcli Planting 

(Continued from page 7) 

Proselyting people from other 
sources will build a false foun- 
dation, bypassing the Great 
Commission and does not net 
in overall church growth. 

It is not a ministry of add- 
ing members to our enroll- 
ment, attendance statistics and 
financial base. Enlisting 
people's names on cards, es- 
tablishing membership char- 
ters and conducting member- 
ship classes is not a life- 
changing ministry. 

Manipulating people by 
motivation skills, trickery and 
mere showing of hands is not 
soul winning and may result in 
some losses and lack of confi- 
dence within the Body of 
Christ. Paul warns in 2 Corin- 
thians 4:2 that we should not 
use methods of dishonesty, 
craftiness or handle the Word 
deceitfully but rather by "the 
manifestation of the truth, 
commending ourselves to 
every man's conscience in the 
sight of God." 

Soul winning is not to be 
construed with publicity, the 
proclamation that we are a 
soul-winning church. To say it, 
and not practice it is a false 
display of our church activity. 
Nor is it the general mechani- 
cal process that we go through 
each week in our worship and 
Sunday school process. 

Satan delights in seeing 
Christians feverishly following 
their routines and never arriv- 
ing at the confronting of lost 
souls with their need for the 

The ministry of soul win- 
ning is not to be taken lightly, 
of lesser importance than the 
teaching and preaching of the 
Word. Reaching the lost, 
touching the lives of people 
with the Gospel, and showing 
of compassion and love was 
the purpose for which our 

Lord came to this earth. The 
Son of man has come to seek 
and to save the lost (see Luke 
19:10). In deference to His 
Lordship, Sovereignty and 
Headship, let us follow His 
splendid example. 

Positively, soul winning is a 
God-ordered command given 
in the Great Commission. May 
I remind you that "All scrip- 
ture is given by inspiration of 
God, and is profitable for doc- 
trine, for reproof, for correc- 
tion, for instruction in right- 
eousness" (2 Tim. 3:16). 
Please keep in mind that the 
Great Commission was ordered 
by God, the Father, recorded 
under inspiration of the Holy 
Spirit and spoken by the Lord 
Jesus Christ as a command to 
each member of the Body of 

It is collective responsibility, 
and an opportunity for each 
believer to exercise compas- 
sion and love for the lost. 
What a joy to be involved in a 
ministry of the Gospel that 
transforms lives, gives new 
hope and a happy eternal re- 
lationship with the family of 

There is no question but 
what any ministry with the 
church could yield souls for 
Christ. However, in order for 
the greatest results, the local 
church must be challenged, 
taught, trained and involved in 
a team effort for maximum re- 

Basically, the new church 
needs the image of a soul- 
winning church. Its concern 
for souls carries over into 
every area of its ministry. Pas- 
toral committees continually 
remind me that they want a 
man of God who cares for and 
relates well to people. A soul- 
winning church will be an ag- 
gressive body, usually success- 
ful in reaching whole families, 

and will be a warm, friendly 
group of believers. It will have 
God's blessing, it will naturally 
be mission minded, and will 
have a sense of fulfillment of 
God's purpose. It will be a 
good example for others to 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 
in his book on soul winning, 
says that the preacher should 
not regard himself as a soloist 
in gospel activity in soul win- 
ning. He is to lead people to 
Christ, to Christian maturity 
and service. He is to enlighten 
them to their missionary re- 
sponsibility. He is to lead 
them in a team effort to reach 
others. He is to produce a 
spiritually awakened congrega- 
tion that is concerned for the 
lost. He is to teach them as a 
part of a growing spiritual 

The Apostle Paul is an ex- 
cellent example for us to fol- 
low. He had a concern for the 
Word of God, a deep determi- 
nation to preach the Gospel 
and felt keenly his debtorship 
to those who did not know 
Christ (see Rom. 1:14-16). His 
ministry produced soul-winning 
belivers. He wrote to the Thes- 
salonians commending them 
for following his pattern, for 
following the Lord, for their 
exampleship, and for their 
willingness to get the Gospel 
out to others (see 1 Thess. 

There is no question that 
when the Lord Jesus said, "I 
will build my church" that He 
would fulfill that promise. 
There also is no question 
about His intentions for each 
member of the Body of Christ 
being involved in this sover- 
eign command given in the 
Great Commission. Soul win- 
ning and discipleship are abso- 
lutes as a basis for a growing 
ministry in church planting. ■ 




interest rates . . . 

a major hurdle in church growth. 

The Brethren Investment Foundation is striving to 
change that trend. At 3 to 5 percentage points 
below the commercial rate, the BIF's growth loans 
allow a church to realize down to earth savings. 
And thafs the bottom line. 


Box 587 • Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Month CQ 

Our Trials 

by Randy Weekley, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Lakeland, Florida 

It is fascinating to realize that 
the Book of James was the first 
book written in the New Testament. 
Trials are the first things God talks 
about through His servant James. 
The first Christians had trials and 
Christians throughout history have 
had trials, also. As you read this 
sermon, I believe it is a reliable 
assumption that either you or a 
Christian friend is going through a 
trial of some sort. 

God places a high priority on un- 
derstanding what trials are about. 
The first 18 verses of James, chapter 
1, are centered around the theme of 
trials. In verse 2, James says, "when 
you encounter various trials," noXif. 
Trials are inevitable, and we must 
understand them if we are to allow 
our lives to glorify God. 

To get the divine viewpoint of 
Christian trials, we will look closely 
at James 1, verses 2, 3, and 4. 

In verse 2, James wants us first 
to understand the response we are 
to have towards trials. He says we 
must "consider it all joy" when we 
encounter trials. It is important to 
realize that James is not saying 
"feel all joy" nor that "trials are a 
joy." He is saying, "consider them 
joy." The word consider demands a 
mental evaluation on our part of 
the situation. "Consider" means 
that we are to count or deem our 
trials as joy. 

The joy that James is talking 
about is the deep-seated emotion or 
attitude that God loves us, that 
everything that comes into our lives 
has a purpose, and He is in control. 
To respond in any other way to our 

trials is dangerous, for it might lead 
to sin. 

Before we leave verse 2, James 
says that we will "encounter" trials. 
Trials are those situations or cir- 
cumstances that come into our 
lives that we have no control over. 
The same Greek word forencounter 
is translated "fell among" in refer- 
ence to the man falling into the 
hands of robbers on the way to 
Jericho in Luke 10, verse 30. It is 
also used in Acts 27, verse 41, 
where the word is translated "strik- 
ing," referring to the shipwreck 
incident in the life of the Apostle 

In verse 3, God wants us, second- 
ly, to understand the reason for 
trials. The reason is, our faith is 
tested as we encounter trials. In 1 
Peter, chapter 1, verse 7, Peter de- 
scribes our faith as being more valu- 
able than gold, and it is true our 
faith is the most important resource 
we have in our Christian lives. God 
wants to refine or prove our faith. 
He wants us to understand that He 
is the One we look to for help. God 
is to be the center of our lives and 
this is accomplished by faith. 

This verse also points out that 
the testing of our faith produces en- 
durance. This word endurance 
literally means "to remain under." 
It has the concept of remaining 
under the trials that have come into 
our lives and watching God work 
things out. The same word found in 
Romans, chapter 5, verse 3, is trans- 
lated perseverance. The reason why 
God tests our faith with trials is to 
produce the "staying power" or the 
stamina we need to make it as 

As God works out the trials in 
our lives. He makes himself real. We 

Pastor Randy Weekley 

see the God of the universe is inter- 
ested in meeting our needs. Some 
Christians do not realize the pres- 
ence of God in their lives because 
they do not "remain under" their 
trials and allow God to work. 

Thirdly, in verse 4, James shows 
us we must understand the result of 
our trials. The result of coming 
through trials is wrapped up in the 
word maturity. If we "let endur- 
ance have its perfect result," we 
will be "perfect and complete, lack- 
ing in nothing." James is not talk- 
ing about that inward assurance or 
trust in God. We are perfect and 
complete only if we trust in God to 
meet our needs. As we encounter 
trials in our lives and respond with 
joy and "remain under" (that is, 
don't try to get out of the trial any 
other way but by trusting in God), 
He guarantees that we will grow. 
Shouldn't the desire of our hearts 
be to trust Him completely and to 
grow into mature Christians? 

iVIy friends, how do you handle 
the trials that God brings into your 
lives? Do you respond in anger and 
resentment? When trials come your 
way, do you complain and grumble 
and become hard to live with? Or, 
do you respond with joy, realizing 
that the Almighty God is dealing 
with you personally because He 
loves you and wants you to depend 
upon Him in all areas of your lives? 

Psalms 46: 10 says, "Cease striv- 
ing and know that I am God." May 
God give us the grace to endure the 
trials that come our way. ■ 




BHini: illews Update 

Attending Pastor's Orientation 

These men participated in the Home Missions' Pastors' Orientation on IVlay 17, 18, and 19 at 
the offices of Brethren Home iVlissions in Winona Lake, Indiana. Sessions were held each day on 
the policies and procedures of the council, and practical tips for ministering in a home missions 
church. Members of the Home Missions executive staff taught each of the classes. Pictured, from 
left to right, are (front) Jack Galle, Buena Vista, Virginia; Louis Huesman, Winona Lake, Indiana; 
Ernest Usher, Atlanta, Georgia; Jim Jackson, Homer, Alaska; Don Soule, Anderson, South Caro- 
lina; Doug Jensen, Winona Lake, Indiana; Al Ramirez, Lakewood, California; and Leroy Munhol- 
land, Kansas City, Missouri. In the back, left to right, are: Wes Haller, Milroy, Pennsylvania; 
William Taylor, Dayton, Ohio; Norris Mason, Winona Lake, Indiana; Kevin Zuber, Columbia City, 
Indiana; Dave Troxell, New Albany, Indiana; Charles Barnhill, Sebring, Florida; Phil Guerena, 
Bell, California; and Dale Jenks, Island Pond, Vermont. 

Jim Jackson - New Pastor 
at Kachemak Bay GBC 

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**^ JCcLcKertak. 


Another pastor to labor in God's vineyard 
has been added to Alaskan Operation White- 
fields. Jim Jackson, along with his wife, 
Sheryl, were commissioned as missionaries to 
the Kachemak Bay Grace Brethren Church, 
Homer, Alaska, on April 17. 

All the Alaskan pastors participated in the 
service, including Pastors Larry Smithwick 
(Anchorage), John Gillis (Eagle River), and 
Howard Snively (Kenai). Retired Pastor Wil- 
liam Schaffer also participated. 

Pastor Ed Jackson, of the Kachemak Bay 
church and father of Jim, had the privilege of 
issuing his son his credentials at the end of the 

Jim and Sheryl have been active in the 
church since its inception. They began minis- 
tering there on a full-time basis beginning July 
1, when Jim's parents (Ed and Polly) moved 
on to plant another Grace Brethren Church at 
Fairbanks, Alaska. ■ 

Pastor and Mrs. (Sheryl) Jackson and daughter, Jill 




— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
' word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2} 


Jtissionary ^irfMays 


(If the address is not listed, it may be found in the July/August 
1983 issue of Foreign Missions ECHOESJ 


Rev. Tim Farner October 1 

Rev. George Johnson October 5 

Mrs. Imogene Burk October 18 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder October 20 

Rev. Marvin Goodnnan October 22 

Rev. Bob Skeen October 31 

In the United States 

Mrs. Sharon Stallter October 8 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 


New Offering Schedule 1983-84 


Home Missions 
Thank Offering — Jewish Missions 


Grace Schools 
National SMM 


Foreign Missions 
Birthday Missionary Offering 


Operation and Publication Offering 




Offering Opportunity 

WMC Operation and Publication Offering 

Goal: $8,000 

Send before September 10, 1983 

Be sure to write to your BSLV student and 
assure him/her of your prayers as he/she starts 
another school year. If you have one that will 
be starting college, a small gift would be nice to 




by Linda Hall 

Huntington Beach, California 

The Bible tells us in Matthew that we must 
become like little children in order to enter 
the kingdom of heaven (18:3). Many childlike 
qualities are positive ones which might bene- 
ficially be retained by us as adults. One of the 
childlike traits that helps us open our hearts 
to the truth of the Gospel is the ability to see 
clearly the moral of a story. 

Several months ago I was reading to my 
daughters from a children's book that covers 
the main events of the Bible from the time of 
Adam until the birth of Christ. Each evening 
we would reconsider the previous night's 
story before proceeding. 

When we reviewed the story of Noah, his 
neighbors, and his descendants, I asked my 
five year old what she remembered about it. 
Simplisticaily, but accurately, Andrea re- 
ported, "There was a flood and everybody 
knew about God, but then everybody for- 
getted about Him." No equivocation blurred 
the moral of that story for her. 

We adults could afford to imitate the 
characteristic of recognizing truth. Doing so 
would prevent us from rationalizing or justi- 
fying why we can't obey what we know is 
right, or from convincing ourselves that we 
don't fully understand what is right in a given 
situation. What a worthy attribute for us as 
Christians to state a biblical truth in unequi- 
vocal terms and then behave in obedience to 

As adults we often feel we're not capable 
of doing the things we should; that we're un- 
able to follow biblical guidelines. After all, we 
reason, life's predicaments are so complex, 
and the various factors which influence us 
change so quickly. We easily overlook the 
problems through which the Lord has guided 
us in the past, thus approaching critical points 
in our lives with forgetfulness and fear be- 
cause the truth of how God's power is en- 
acted in our lives has escaped our memories. 

In childlike fashion, we need to cut through 
all the confusion and chaos in which circum- 
stances entangle us, and to grip stubbornly 
the clear and lovely truth— God's Word en- 
dures. The moral of the story is to bear in 
mind and obey His principles; not with 
evasion, but with a child's sense of truth. ■ 


L^J-- rr-rr" 

-The Long Beach, California, GBC's WMC 
gives newcomers and guests a welcome basket 
introduing them to WIVIC. What a great idea! 
Things that could be included are WMC Pen 
Pointers, an invitation to the next meeting (tell- 
ing when and where), a calendar of WMC events, 
a list of the officers' names and phone numbers, 
a summary of the year's theme, and a small gift 
(potpourri, a sachet, a bookmark, a hankie, etc.). 

— The second Tuesday of each month, the 
three WMC circles of Winchester, Virginia, meet 
together for a special time of prayer for their 
missionaries. Afterwards, the ladies do projects 
for missionary use. They've made sewing kits 
for SMM girls in the C.A.R., rolled bandages, 
and made quilts for the Navajo mission. These 
Prayer and Project Days start at 9:30 a.m. and 
last until noon. 

— During their December meeting, the Ana- 
heim, California, WMC called the Phil Steele 
family in England. The Steeles shared what was 
happening in their ministry and some prayer 
requests. The WMC circle then sent the Steeles 
packages, one a week for six weeks, containing 
items for the kitchen and family entertainment. 

-The Rialto, California, WMC ladies 
adopted a senior couple to do something 
special for each month. One month they had a 
special day for the senior ladies. They brought 
pictures of themselves and were asked questions 
about themselves and their families. Each senior 
citizen then gave a testimony and concluded 
with advice to the younger ladies. ■ 





POTPOURRI-Philip B. Johnson has been added to 
the staff of the Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, OH, 
as assistant pastor of Christian Education and Youth 
/ Luke Kauffnnan is interested in securing the Sref/?- 
ren Missionary Herald volumes for "the years 1946 
on bacl<, 1948, 1962 and 1963." Contact him if you 
know of any available / David Miller received his 
doctorate of ministry degree from the Talbot Theo- 
logical Seminary in May / Ward Miller resigned from 
the Osceola, IN, church and will move to California 
to rebuild the San Bernardino work / James Marshall 
has accepted the pastorate at Sinking Spring, OH / 
Mike Ryan resigned from the Seal Beach church and 
hopes to begin a new Brethren church in the Sonoma 
area of Northern California / Greg Ryerson has re- 
signed from the Toppenish, WA, and will begin a new 
ministry as pastor at Spokane, WA / Keith Zook suf- 
fered a heart attack that did considerable heart 
damage. He is recovering / William Schaffer is the 
pastor to senior citizens in the Kenai, AK, church and 
has moved his membership to that church. 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Brethren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 

all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 

chanae yeur annual 

Ralph Burns, P. O. Box 277, Winona Lake, IN 
46590 / Terry Hofecker, 6 Keene Ave., Westerville, 
OH 43081 / Herman Koontz, 2555 Enterprise Rd., 
No. 32, Orange City, FL 32763 / James B. Marshall, 
Box 55, Sinking Spring, OH 45172 / Marvin Meeker, 
Shamrock Park, Lot 37, 920 Road 200 North, Warsaw, 
IN 46580 / Earle Peer, 635 Highland Ave., Gettys- 
burg, PA 17325 / Richard Sellers, 216 E. Pine, 
Wooster, OH 44691 (Phone: 216/263-6334) / John 
Schumacher, 16 Wyncrest Lane, Tinton Falls, NJ 
07724 / Altoona First has changed their name to 
read: First Grace Brethren Church / Grace Brethren 
Church in Palmyra, PA, new address is Box 580AA, 
R. D. 2, Palmyra, PA 17078 

No Pay Raise in the Last IS Years??? 
unbelievable, you say!!! 

Yes, this is true with the retirement program in the Grace Brethren Fel- 
lowship for pastors and their widows. The Board of Ministerial Emergency 
and Retirement Benefits was commissioned by national conference in 
1948 to care for the needs of retired pastors in their later years. The chal- 
lenge was accepted and monthly payments were based on years of service 
in the Grace Brethren Fellowship and the amount contributed by the 
pastor in his one percent account. The $50.00 minimum in the 1950 
economy was considered fair and maximum payments seldom reached 
over the $100.00 mark. Everything has changed since then, except this 
procedure in the ministerial retirement program. 

This program wasn't designed to be stagnant; it just turned out that 
way. Many churches during the years have done more than their share; 
while others have passed us by without even a smile. Yes, the same basis 
for payment that was in effect in 1948 still holds true today due to a lack 
of cash flow in the Board. You can help to change this by seeing that your 
church takes an active part in sending contributions to the Board of Minis- 
terial Emergency and Retirement for our Brethren pastors' retirement, 
would like to see them get a raise. Wouldn't you? 

6^ You may send your contributions or requests for further information 
to Pastor Clair E. Brickel, 14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., Brook- 
ville, Ohio 45309. ■ 



GDC Christian education 

P. O. Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


We're not a big corporation. You won't find our name 
on Wall Street or in Business Week. 

But we do have stockholders. They're people lil<e 
you. With your gifts and prayers you invest in our 
ministry. You have a "share" in the lives we touch, both 
young and old. 

Your early investments are now maturing. CE's TIME 
programs are helping many young adults find God's 
direction in missions. Some of those early Operation 
Barnabas teens and Timothy Team members are now 
youth pastors and church leaders. 

I'm pleased to report your 1 982-83 dividends are 
big. The new pastor and church helps we produced 
were well received. Over 155 young people par- 
ticipated in our ministry teams. Fifty-eight young adults 
were challenged this year through our missions pro- 

The thanks we receive from pastors, pastors' wives, 
church workers, youth pastors, parents, and teens, we 
return to you. Thank you for investing. Thanks for help- 

Knute Larson 
Executive Director 


John Willett, President 

Bernie Simmons, Vice President 

David Plaster, Secretary 

Roy Halberg, At Large 

James Poyner, At Large 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 

Don Byers 

Ed Cashman 

Mike Clapham 

Mike Grill 

Steve Jarrell 

Paul Mutchler 

Randy Poyner 

Bill Snell 

Roger Wambold 

Galen Wiley 

GBC Christian Education Ministries j 

Based on 1 982 Calendar Year Expenditures of $559,820.92 j 

n Administrative 

M Youth Ministries 
D Church Ministries 

I ,/ Salary and 

/Staff Costs 
I ('Off ice"-- 

.40/0 ^v^, 20% 
co/r^ .'TIME 

^^ ' ^^2^[^'l Programs, 


E youth ministries continue to shape the future of 
Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

iventy-two young adults attended CE's Euro- 
sions Institute, held at the Chateau of St. Albaln, 
ice. From June 1 - July 1 these potential mis- 
laries studied the European culture, evangelistic and 
rch planting methods, lived with missionaries, and 
ght God's direction concerning a future career in 

I a completely different culture, 1 7 Grace Brethren 
ng people spent five weeks in North Brazil building 
ip dormitories for the Grace Brethren Brazilian 
jrch. Some of these Nehemiah Missions team 
fibers may return to South America as missionaries, 
ers will be missionaries at home. 

raveling all summer with 85 Operation Barnabas 
ns would warm anyone's heart. This summer three 
fns ministered to churches throughout Pennsylvania 
I up into Vermont. Godly adult leaders impacted the 
ns. The teens, in turn, left some of their love for 
.us with each church they visited. 

hrough Timothy Teams, Brethren National Youth 
iference, SMM, Brethren Student Life Volunteers, 
IE, EMI, Nehemiah Missions, Ac'cent, Bible Quiz- 
2, NAC, and Operation Barnabas, Grace Brethren 
ing people are learning to live holy lives, share their 
n, and serve God through local churches. 

during 198 


Based ( 






n Partici 

■ Partici 



Working with Grace Brethren youth is exciting. Exciting 
because we get a glimpse of the future. 

Today's youth are a part of today's church. They share their 
faith, minister and serve, and often create a contagious en- 
thusiasm for Christ. But while they serve today, they are also 
preparing for tomorrow's church leadership. 

Many of this summer's Operation Barnabas teens will go on to 
indicate their desire for full-time Christian service through BSLV, 
refine ministry skills through a Timothy Team, and perhaps 
prepare for a missionary career through EMI, Nehemiah Mis- 
sions, or our general TIME program. 

CE ministries are designed to help youth minister today, as 
well as tomorrow. I look at the quality of young people in our pro- 
grams, and I get excited about the future ministry of the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship. 

Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth Ministries 


ABF Lessons 
Ac'cent Magazine 
Audio Visual Library 
Bible Quizzing 
Brethren National Youth 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers 
Brethren Pro-teens 

CE Issue Tapes 
CE Special Awards 
CE Youth Progranns 
Children's Baptism Workbook 
Children's Correspondence 

Church Growth Progranns 

Discipleship Materials 
District Mailings 
District Reps 
Enrichment Inserts 
Euro-Missions Institute 
General TIME Program 
Grace Seminary Class 
Herald Pages 
Inside Track 
Marriage Materials 
National Achievement 

National CE Convention 
Nehemiah Missions 

Operation Barnabas 
Pastoral Resources 
Pastor's Class Notes 

Programmed Statistical Analysis 
Regional Seminars 
Second Wind Ministry Team 
Serving My Master 
SMM Patroness Mailing 
Ten Big Ideas 

Ten Big Ideas for Today's Youth 
Timothy Teams 
Young Teen Conference 


We're not a big corporation. You won't find our name 
on Wall Street or in Business Week. 

But we do have stockholders. They're people like 
you. With your gifts and prayers you invest in our 
ministry. You have a "share" in the lives we touch, both 
young and old. 

Your early investments are now maturing. CE's TIME 
programs are helping many young adults find God's 
direction in missions. Some of those early Operation 
Barnabas teens and Timothy Team members are now 
youth pastors and church leaders. 

I'm pleased to report your 1 982-83 dividends are 
big. The new pastor and church helps we produced 
were well received. Over 155 young people par- 
ticipated in our ministry teams. Fifty-eight young adults 
were challenged this year through our missions pro- 

The thanks we receive from pastors, pastors' wives, 
church workers, youth pastors, parents, and teens, we 
return to you. Thank you for investing. Thanks for help- 

Knute Larson 
Executive Director 


John Willett, President 

Bernie Simmons, Vice President 

David Plaster, Secretary 

Roy Halberg, At Large 

James Poyner, At Large 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 

Don Byers 

Ed Cashman 

Mike Clapham 

Mike Grill 

Steve Jarrell 

Paul Mutchler 

Randy Poyner 

Bill Snell 

Roger Wambold 

Galen Wiley 

GBC Christian Education Ministries 

Based on 1982 Calendar Year Expenditures of $559,820.92 

D Administrative 

M Youth Ministries 
n Church Ministries 


CE youth ministries continue to shape the future of 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

Twenty-two young adults attended CE's Euro- 
Missions Institute, held at the Chateau of St. Albain, 
France. From June 1 - July 1 these potential mis- 
sionaries studied the European culture, evangelistic and 
church planting methods, lived with missionaries, and 
sought God's direction concerning a future career in 

In a completely different culture, 1 7 Grace Brethren 
young people spent five weeks in North Brazil building 
camp dormitories for the Grace Brethren Brazilian 
Church. Some of these Nehemiah Missions team 
members may return to South America as missionaries. 
Others will be missionaries at home. 

Traveling all summer with 85 Operation Barnabas 

ens would warm anyone's heart. This summer three 

ams ministered to churches throughout Pennsylvania 

and up into Vermont. Godly adult leaders impacted the 

teens The teens, in turn, left some of their love for 

Jesus with each church they visited. 

1 Through Timothy Teams, Brethren National Youth 
.fconference, SMM, Brethren Student Life Volunteers, 
TIME, EMI, Nehemiah Missions, Ac'cent, Bible Quiz- 
zing, NAC, and Operation Barnabas, Grace Brethren 
young people are learning to live holy lives, share their 
faith, and serve God through local churches. 

Delaware, Ohio, Timothy Team — one of eight teams 
during 1982-83. 

Ministry Involvement 1 56 

Based on September-August Fiscal Year 

1 974 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 

D Participants in Missions Progranns 
■ Participants in Operation Barnabas and 
Timothy Teams 


Working with Grace Brethren youth is exciting. Exciting 
because we get a glimpse of the future. 

Today's youth are a part of today's church. They share their 
faith, minister and serve, and often create a contagious en- 
thusiasm for Christ. But while they serve today, they are also 
preparing for tomorrow's church leadership. 

Many of this summer's Operation Barnabas teens will go on to 
indicate their desire for full-time Christian service through BSLV, 
refine ministry skills through a Timothy Team, and perhaps 
prepare for a missionary career through EMI, Nehemiah Mis- 
sions, or our general TIME program. 

CE ministries are designed to help youth minister today, as 
well as tomorrow. I look at the quality of young people in our pro- 
grams, and I get excited about the future ministry of the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship. 

Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth Ministries 

Ed Lewis 


Anyone familiar with GBC Christian 
Education is probably also aware of 
our financial needs. 

We wish we never had to ask. We 
would prefer to simply minister and 
help. But there are needs. And as 
you graciously respond, you also par- 
ticipate in our ministry. 

Monies given to support young 
people involved in ministry teams or 
missions programs go directly to in- 
dividual accounts. We avoid using 
these funds to support general CE 

That's why we have a need for 
general offerings. Although close to 
$400,000 moves through our office 
for various programs and teams, we 
still need over $100,000 each year 
to cover general ministries. 

We thank you for your generous 
gifts. They are needed. 


Knute Larson, Executive 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youth 

Judy Fairman, Director of 

Brad Skiles, Director of 

Denise Grubb, Administrative 

Assistant in Youth 
Carmen Franchino, Secretary 
Mark Cooper, Bookkeeper 
Valerie Byers, Printing/ 

Bonnie Osborne, Secretary/ 

Kevin Muggins, Director of 

Timothy Teams 
Bruce Barlow*, Editor, CE 

Youth Programs 
Margery Brubaker* /Phyllis 

Wambold*, Pastors' Wives 

* Satellite staff members 
As this budget year closes, we 
say good-bye to Judy Fairman. 
Rick and Judy will begin a 
ministry at Winnepeg Bible Col- 
lege, Manitoba, Canada, in the 
middle of August. 


Seven new church helps were introduced during 
CE's 1 982-83 budget year. A correspondence 
course for children and a baptism coloring/workbook 
are difficult to keep stocked — churches find them a 
great help. 

We are now into our second printing of our new 
discipleship material, The Master Plan workbook and 
Group Discipleship Resource Book. Another new pro- 
duct, Internal Growth Programs 1, is helping churches 
challenge people with practical growth goals. 

40 Days and 40 Nights Personal Growth Journals 
were introduced In June. They represent a new ap- 
proach to "growth campaigns." 

Many exciting improvements were made in our 
Brethren Student Life Volunteer program. This 
ministry will more effectively prepare future leaders for 
Grace Brethren ministries. 

In addition to producing new products, the staff 
maintained a writing schedule for eight monthly and 
quarterly mailings, as well as an active travel and con- 
suiting ministry. 

A February Northwest District CE Seminar received 
many positive responses. Workshops for pastors and 
adult leaders, youth workers, and children ministries 
workers provided an effective means of helping. 

CE's theme, "hoping to help," is a constant 
challenge to develop new ways to minister to chur- 

Seven new products were introduced during the!' 
1 982-83 budget year. ' 

General Offerings 

Scale in Thousands of Dollars 
Based on September-August 
Fiscal Year 


1 974 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 
D Offerings Still Needed (June 1 , 1 983) 


Carmen and her husband, Scott, travel close to 100 miles 
each weekend to serve in a Grace Brethren Church in Fort 
Wayne. Valerie works hard in the SMM program at the Winona 
Lake GBC. Mark and his wife, Cheryl, attend the Winona Lake 
GBC and are active in their Adult Bible Fellowship class. Denise 
joins her husband, Eldon, in ministering at the Warsaw Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church. Bonnie is also involved at the 
Warsaw Community GBC and wants to be a missionary. Kevin 
and Tina host a home Bible study for the Winona Lake GBC. 
Judy has led a local SMM program for years. And Ed is always 
doing something locally — teaching Sunday school or helping in 
youth areas. 

Serving Christ through local churches is our first love. Our se- 
cond is serving Grace Brethren churches through CE. And we 
have a lot of fun serving together as a team. 

Brad Skiles 

Director of Administration 

Brad Skiles, left, and Mark Cooper, CE's 
bookkeeper, work together in tracking 

Rev. Ron Picard 

— New 


of the 

The Brethren Board of 
Evangelism is pleased to 
announce the appointment 
of Rev. Ronald Picard as 
its executive director. Fol- 
lowing the death of Dr. 
Robert Collitt, the Board 
selected Ron to become 
the new director, because 
of the many years of 
evangelistic emphasis in his life and ministry. 

Mr. Picard is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute 
in Chicago and has studied at Southeastern Bible Col- 
lege and Trinity College. For several years he worked 
for Oakite Products, a chemical company based in 
New Jersey. In the years just prior to entering the 
ministry, Ron was co-owner of a business in Birming- 
ham, Alabama. While working in the secular world, he 
established and conducted the Open Air Campaigners' 
ministry in Santa Barbara, California; and Birming- 
ham, Alabama; directed the Outreach Program of the 
Westminster Brethren Church; and was the chairman 
of the Christian Business Men's Committee in Birming- 
ham, Alabama. 

Following his business career, Mr. Picard worked 
for over three years with the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, traveling among the Home Missions churches 
to help establish their Visitation Ministries. During 
the GROW '73 Program, Ron and his wife, LaDona, 
trained pastors and their wives in personal witnessing. 
Most recently, he pastored a church in the rural com- 
munity of Union, Ohio, for nearly ten years. As the 
Lord blessed this church under Pastor Picard's leader- 
ship, it became the largest church in the Southern 
Ohio district. During his ministry in Union, the Day- 
ton area ministers invited Rev. Bill Gothard to hold 
the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts Seminar in 

Board of 

their city. Mr. Picard was 
asked to become the Area 
Committee Coordinator 
and later to be the Area 
Representative, coordinat- 
ing the Dayton Basic 
Seminar attended by 
thousands each year and 
the One-Day Ministers' 
Seminar for approximately 
one thousand pastors in Ohio and the outlying area. 

Ron Picard has served on the Brethren Board of 
Evangelism for the past four years and, lately, has 
been conducting Mini-Witnessing Seminars. These 
seminars were held Sunday evening through Tuesday, 
and the Lord has blessed in an unusual way to en- 
courage pastors and their congregations. The Board of 
Evangelism has also used Ron's Church Growth ex- 
pertise to analyze and develop strategy for our Breth- 
ren churches. 

The Picards have three children: John, age 15; 
Shawn, age 14; and Ronda, age 8. They currently re- 
side at 410 Valleyview Drive in Englewood, Ohio. 
Their phone number is 513/832-0101. It is the desire 
of the Board of Evangelism to permanently locate 
their office in Winona Lake, Indiana. However, until 
such time that the Picards can sell their home, he will 
be working in Englewood. 

The directorship has changed in that it is now a 
full-time position. It is the hope of the Brethren 
Board of Evangelism to establish three major goals: 

(1) promote evangelism throughout the Fellowship, 

(2) provide evangelistic service for those wanting 
speakers and programs, and (3) find and make pro- 
vision for men who feel called to "the work of an 
evangelist" to minister within our Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. ■ 




ABF Lessons 
Ac'cent Magazine 
Audio Visual Library 
Bible Quizzing 
Brethren National Youth 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers 
Brethren Pro-teens 

CE Issue Tapes 
CE Special Awards 
CE Youth Programs 
Children's Baptism Workbook 
Children's Correspondence 

Church Growth Programs 

Discipleship Materials 
District Mailings 
District Reps 
Enrichment Inserts 
Euro-Missions Institute 
General TIME Program 
Grace Seminary Class 
Herald Pages 
Inside Track 
Marriage Materials 
National Achievement 

National CE Convention 
Nehemiah Missions 

Operation Barnabas 
Pastoral Resources 
Pastor's Class Notes 

Programmed Statistical Analysis 
Regional Seminars 
Second Wind Ministry Team 
Serving My Master 
SMM Patroness Mailing 
Ten Big Ideas 

Ten Big Ideas for Today's Youth 
Timothy Teams 
Young Teen Conference 


Seven new church helps were introduced during 
CE's 1 982-83 budget year. A correspondence 
course for children and a baptism coloring/workbook 
are difficult to keep stocked — churches find them a 
great help. 

We are now into our second printing of our new 
discipleship material, The Master Plan workbook and 
Group Discipleship Resource Book. Another new pro- 
duct, Internal Growth Programs 1 . is helping churches 
challenge people with practical growth goals. 

40 Days and 40 Nights Personal Growth Journals 
were introduced in June. They represent a new ap- 
proach to "growth campaigns." 

Many exciting improvements were made in our 
Brethren Student Life Volunteer program. This 
ministry will more effectively prepare future leaders for 
Grace Brethren ministries. 

In addition to producing new products, the staff 
maintained a writing schedule for eight monthly and 
quarterly mailings, as well as an active travel and con- 
sulting ministry. 

A February Northwest District CE Seminar received 
many positive responses. Workshops for pastors and 
adult leaders, youth workers, and children ministries 
workers provided an effective means of helping. 

CE's theme, "hoping to help," Is a constant 
challenge to develop new ways to minister to chur- 

Seven new products were introduced during the 
1982-83 budget year. 

General Offerings 

Scale in Thousands of Dollars 
Based on September-August 
Fiscal Year 


1 974 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 
D Offerings Still Needed (June 1 , 1 983) 


Carmen and her husband, Scott, travel close to 100 miles 
each weekend to serve in a Grace Brethren Church in Fort 
Wayne. Valerie works hard in the SMM program at the Winona 
Lake GBC. Mark and his wife, Cheryl, attend the Winona Lake 
GBC and are active in their Adult Bible Fellowship class. Denise 
joins her husband, Eldon, in ministering at the Warsaw Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church. Bonnie is also involved at the 
Warsaw Community GBC and wants to be a missionary. Kevin 
and Tina host a home Bible study for the Winona Lake GBC. 
Judy has led a local SMM program for years. And Ed is always 
doing something locally — teaching Sunday school or helping in 
youth areas. 

Serving Christ through local churches is our first love. Our se- 
cond is serving Grace Brethren churches through CE. And we 
have a lot of fun serving together as a team. 

Brad Skiles 

Director of Administration 

Brad Skiles, left, and Mark Cooper, CE's 
bookkeeper, work together in tracking 

Rev. Ron Picard 

— New 


of the 

The Brethren Board of 
Evangelism is pleased to 
announce the appointment 
of Rev. Ronald Picard as 
its executive director. Fol- 
iovi/ing the death of Dr. 
Robert Collitt, the Board 
selected Ron to become 
the new director, because 
of the many years of 
evangelistic emphasis in his life and ministry. 

Mr. Picard is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute 
in Chicago and has studied at Southeastern Bible Col- 
lege and Trinity College. For several years he worked 
for Oakite Products, a chemical company based in 
New Jersey. In the years just prior to entering the 
ministry, Ron was co-owner of a business in Birming- 
ham, Alabama. While working in the secular world, he 
established and conducted the Open Air Campaigners' 
ministry in Santa Barbara, California; and Birming- 
ham, Alabama; directed the Outreach Program of the 
Westminster Brethren Church; and was the chairman 
of the Christian Business Men's Committee in Birming- 
ham, Alabama. 

Following his business career, Mr. Picard worked 
for over three years with the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, traveling among the Home Missions churches 
to help establish their Visitation Ministries. During 
the GROW '73 Program, Ron and his wife, LaDona, 
trained pastors and their wives in personal witnessing. 
Most recently, he pastored a church in the rural com- 
munity of Union, Ohio, for nearly ten years. As the 
Lord blessed this church under Pastor Picard's leader- 
ship, it became the largest church in the Southern 
Ohio district. During his ministry in Union, the Day- 
ton area ministers invited Rev. Bill Gothard to hold 
the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts Seminar in 

Board of 

their city. Mr. Picard was 
asked to become the Area 
Committee Coordinator 
and later to be the Area 
Representative, coordinat- 
ing the Dayton Basic 
Seminar attended by 
thousands each year and 
the One-Day Ministers' 
Seminar for approximately 
one thousand pastors in Ohio and the outlying area. 

Ron Picard has served on the Brethren Board of 
Evangelism for the past four years and, lately, has 
been conducting Mini-Witnessing Seminars. These 
seminars were held Sunday evening through Tuesday, 
and the Lord has blessed in an unusual way to en- 
courage pastors and their congregations. The Board of 
Evangelism has also used Ron's Church Growth ex- 
pertise to analyze and develop strategy for our Breth- 
ren churches. 

The Picards have three children: John, age 15; 
Shawn, age 14; and Ronda, age 8. They currently re- 
side at 410 Valleyview Drive in Englewood, Ohio. 
Their phone number is 513/832-0101. It is the desire 
of the Board of Evangelism to permanently locate 
their office in Winona Lake, Indiana. However, until 
such time that the Picards can sell their home, he will 
be working in Englewood. 

The directorship has changed in that it is now a 
full-time position. It is the hope of the Brethren 
Board of Evangelism to establish three major goals: 

(1) promote evangelism throughout the Fellowship, 

(2) provide evangelistic service for those wanting 
speakers and programs, and (3) find and make pro- 
vision for men who feel called to "the work of an 
evangelist" to minister within our Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. ■ 






The name of Lyon 
comes from the ancient 
Gallic word Lugdunum 
which means "Hill of 
light." This French city is 
dominated by a hill which 
has been the 


its history for over two 
thousand years. 

Lyon was founded by 
the Romans in 43 B.C. It 
soon became a center of 
culture and trade for the 
rapidly expanding Roman 
Empire and the cap- 
ital of the th ree 
Gauls, king- 
d o m s 

ering most of present- 
day Western Europe. A 
Roman forum graced by a 
large temple to Jupiter was 
situated on the summit of 
the hill and was seen for 
miles by travelers ap- 
proaching the city. 

Christianity came to 
Lyon in the last half of the 
second century as mission- 
aries sent by Polycarp to 
Smyrna sought to pro- 
claim the Gospel to the 
unreached tribes 

by Larry DeArmey 

Missionary to France 

^^HJo/tmation at a Q^ance 

City: Lyon, France 
Population: 1,250,000 
IVIissionaries: Larry and Vickie DeArmey 
Date Present Ministry Began: 7982 
Thumbnail sketch of work: it is in tfie 
initial stages of evangelism and churcfi 
Pressing Prayer Requests: For an open 
door in making contacts and in evan- 
gelism; for co-workers for Lyon. 

the West. Irenaeus, the 
most noted of the Early 
Christians, arrived in Lyon 
around A.D. 170 at a time 
when severe persecution 
was decimating the Church. 
The Christians remained 
faithful, however, and the 
Church in Lyon prospered 
in the third century and 

The Roman Empire de- 
clined, but the church of 
Rome expanded and its 
influence in Europe be- 
came more and more wide- 
spread. The structure of 
that church was almost an 
exact duplicate of the Em- 
pire, and the spiritual 

authorities assumed an 
ever-increasing power as 
the temporal authorities 
declined in importance 
and then disappeared. The 
church in Lyon was no 
exception. Having survived 
persecution, she gradually 
lost sight of her mission. 
The archbishops of Lyon 
became the absolute spirit- 
ual and temporal rulers 
over the city and the sur- 
rounding territory. For 
several long centuries they 
reigned with an iron hand. 
Lyon became known as 
the second Rome. Pagan 
temples were destroyed 

and churches were built on 
their ruins. As she had sent 
emperors to the throne in 
Rome, Lyon now sent 
Popes to occupy the seat 
of ultimate authority with- 
in the church of Rome. 

The church of Lyon 
gradually lost its predomi- 
nance as a temporal power, 
but it never once loosened 
its grip upon the hearts 
and minds of the people of 
Lyon. Religion mixed with 
pagan superstition has 
always played an important 
role in the life of the city. 

In the eighteenth and 
nineteenth centuries, as 
the city was threatened by 
the Black Plague and an 



people rushed to the hill 
and pled with the Virgin 
Mother to spare their city. 
In return, they pledged to 
consecrate their city per- 
petually to her care and to 
build a great edifice to 
Mary on the hill. 

Late in the nineteenth 
century, a massive basilica 
to the glory of Mary was 
constructed upon the site 
of the ancient Roman 
temple, and each year 
since that time the mayor 
of the city and his council 
walk to the top of the hill 
to renew that vow. Every 
year, on December 8, 
thousands of Lyon resi- 
dents flood the hill and 
the streets to enact a rite 
in honor of the Virgin 
Mary; a rite which has its 

(Continued on page 22) 

Hi iiir ill! nil i I 

iiiii iiial 

St. Jean's cathedral and the bascilica on "the hill.' 

Left: St. Jean's Cathedral (front facade) 




(Continued from page 21) 

roots in the pagan prac- 
tices of the second century. 

Today the greater Lyon 
area, with a population of 
nearly one and a quarter 
million people, is attempt- 
ing once again to assert it- 
self in the areas of culture 
and international trade. 

This great city, however 
dominated by the "hill of 
light," remains in spiritual 
darkness. The ministry of 
Irenaeus and the Early 
Christians was a candle in 
that darkness. At present, 
a dozen or so small evan- 
gelical churches that 

gather together a couple of 
thousand people on Sun- 
day morning are but a 
flicker of light in the 
darkness of the city. 

Grace Brethren Missions 
came to Lyon in the 1950s. 
The Fred Fogle family was 
instrumental in the early 
days of that ministry, but 
due to the lack of person- 
nel and a change in the 
strategy in France, the 
small group that was meet- 
ing was entrusted to the 
care of the French Free 
Church. That group has 
grown over the past twenty 
years and now represents 

one of the larger evangeli- 
cal churches of the city. 

The France team of 
Grace Brethren Missions 
entered the city again in 
1980 when the Tex Hud- 
son family moved there 
and with the arrival of the 
Larry DeArmey family. 
Since the Hudsons returned 
to the United States in 
1982, the DeArmeys are 
now working alone. 

The work is in its begin- 
ning stages and the group 
that gathers regularly for 
worship and prayer is 
small. The strategy of 
evangelism and church- 

planting will be aimed at 
reaching men for Christ 
and training them to lead 
small groups throughout 
the city. As these groups 
multiply, a central worship 
center will bring all of the 
Christians together for 
Sunday worship. 

Perhaps one day soon 
the words of Isaiah will 
have special meaning for 
the city of Lyon. 'The 
people that walked in 
darkness have seen a great 
light: they that dwell in 
the land of the shadow of 
death, upon them hath the 
light shined" (9:2). ■ 




A street in downtown Lyon 

What a difference between my first term as a mis- 
sionary and the beginning of my second one. 

As I reflect on it, the best way to describe this 
term is with the phrase "open doors." It was the 
Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:9 who said, "There 
is a great door to effective service open to me, and 
there are many adversaries" (NASB). 

A major part of my first term was spent in lan- 
guage study and adjusting to a new culture, race, and 
climate. Having the major obstacles behind me made 
the beginning of my second term a delight as I was 
able to step right into the classroom and begin teach- 
ing. It was a joy to see many former students back in 

The door to teaching Bible in the public schools is 
wide open. The greatest adversary is lack of person- 
nel. Various distractions make teaching difficult, such 
as being the chief shopper and bill payer for the 
Bangui station. But these activities have opened an- 
other door of service among an entirely different set 
of students in the city. 

Living in the streets are many unfortunates: 
beggers, handicapped folks, and down-and-outers. 
Having to be in and out of the stores frequently has 
opened a door of friendship and ministry among 
these folks. The door is open to distribute tracts, to 
have a kind word, a smile, a handshake— some tan- 
gible evidence of concern, as well. With this open 
door, too, adversaries are lurking: the risk of playing 
God in people's lives by wanting to meet all their 
needs; and the critics who misunderstand motives and 
read into these gestures of giving as the attempt to 
"reach heaven by good works." 

Another door is open this term at the Red Chinese 
Embassy. Teaching English to two members of the 
diplomatic staff has resulted in an opportunity to put 
a French Bible into the hands of one (a very bright 
young man) and to speak to both about my faith in 
God (both students are atheists). No doubt our main 
adversary will try to bring these activities to a halt. 
However, the seed has been sown. 

Yes, with every open door there are adversaries. I 
am asking you to pray with me that the One who has 
the power to open or close doors will work through 
me in my ministry here in Bangui. ■ 




I pray the needs of 
these fli^ointees are met, 
so they can leave as 






11 '^A^^^^ 11 *'-'^-' 

The Huletts: Clay, Kim, 
and Raymond 

The Craigens: Trevor, 
Colleen, Clive and Treleen 

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tfoGUST '83 ii.'* 

You Could Call It 
Live Oak Park 

about half-way between Tijuana 
and Mexicali. It is readily accessible 
for our stateside churches to use, 
also, since a border crossing is 
located at Tecate, which is 15 miles 
fronn the site. 

You are all invited to come and 
enjoy God's out-of-doors with us. 

The open spaces and make-shift 
accommodations will be 
transformed into a flourishing 

by Walt and Alys Haag 

Green rolling land, dotted gen- 
erously with huge oak trees against 
a background of a challenging rock 
mountain— what could be a better 
site for a camp and conference 
ground? The marvel of it all is that 
this description exactly fits the 25- 
acre parcel that the Lord made pos- 
sible for the Mexican National 
Brethren church to purchase. 

Walt Haag is the happy chair- 
man of the Improvement Commit- 
tee. The task assigned to the group 
is to change a piece of virgin land 
into a camp and conference center 
in six months' time. The committee 
knows that it will have to be con- 
tent if the basics of water supply 
and bath houses are in place. They 
know, too, that the people of the 
churches will be delighted. 

The Mexicans will bring their 
campers and tents as well as their 
tools to the first year's camp. The 
afternoons will be half recreation 

and half work. Classes and chapels 
will fill the mornings and evenings. 

During Easter week, the men 
dug a well by hand and they struck 
water at a depth of six feet. Con- 
tinuing down to twelve feet, the 
men left an eight-foot stand of 
water. The Lord added an extra 
blessing in that the water tastes 
very good. 

The Brethren have already met 
there for various retreats and most 
of the National Committee meet- 
ings. The camp is centrally located 

We are praying that we will be able 
to offer a lodge with kitchen, din- 
ing, and dormitory space by next 

In Mexico the camps and confer- 
ences have always been the greatest 
times of spiritual harvesting of 
souls. The larger part of the believers 
have dedicated their lives to full- 
time service at camp. Continue to 
pray for even greater harvests in the 
new and wonderful place the Lord 
has provided for the Mexican 
churches. ■ 











Four dedicated young missionaries will begin Grace Bretliren Foreign 
Missions' outreach into the Orient in September. Clay and Kim Hulett 
and Eric and Debbie Smith comprise the team that will begin minister- 
ing in the Philippines. 

After language study, these two couples will begin evangelism and 
church-planting efforts. The Philippines' location is strategic for branch- 
ing out into other Oriental nations in the future. 

This country consists of 11 larger and 700 smaller islands inhabited 
by 45,000,000 people. Tagalog and English are both official languages, 
but 9 major and over 70 minor languages are in use. 

The Philippines was a Spanish colony for almost 400 years, therefore 
many Spanish customs are prevalent today. This is also why the majori- 
ty (80 percent) of the people claim to be Roman Catholic. The United 
States then ruled the country until its independence in 1946. 

Currently the government allows full religious liberty, yet Protestants 
comprise only 5 percent of the population. The Philippines has been 
patchily covered with the Gospel— many unreached people groups still 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions will begin evangelism and outreach 
in the capital city of Manila. This teeming city presents voluminous op- 
portunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

The Philippines is one of the most responsive and receptive countries 
in Asia to the Gospel. Please pray for the Huletts and the Smiths as 
they pioneer this new field. B 

Photo insert: 

Left: Gary C. Patterson, 

Student Body President 
Right: Mark J. Crocco, 

Student Body Chaplain 

Front row, left to right: 
Timothy Rowland 
Cynthia L. Miller 
Walter E. Anderson 
John S. Webb 

Back row, left to right: 
Steven C. Felder 
David A. Christensen 
Robert L. Maziasz 
Bradley A. Davis 
David W. Hedges 

Seminary Awards 

77) e Facul ty Award 

A ward in Old Testament and The Homer A. Kent, Sr. A ward in Church History 
The American Bible Society Award for the Public Reading of Scripture 
Annual A ward for Outstanding Achievement in the Department of Biblical 
Counseling— Sponsored by Herald Ministries 

The Alva J. McClain Award in Systematic Theology 
The Glenn Russell Fink A ward in Expository Preaching 
Award in New Testament— Sponsored by Herald Ministries 
The Harold H. Etiing Award in Christian Education 
The Russell D. Barnard A ward in World Missions 


Grace Schools Faculty and Stal^ 



sponsors Banquet 

The Polman family, members of the Sustaining Spon- 
sors Program of Grace Schools, presented a check for 
$2,500 to the Grace Belles. Shown at the presenta- 
tion are: Front row (from left), Mrs. Gerald Polman, 
Mrs. Ethel Anderson (Grace Belles director), Mrs. 
Leila Polman, and Mrs. Max Brenneman. Back row 
(from left). Rev. Gerald Polman; Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., 
president; and Rev. Max Brenneman. 

Over 300 Sustaining Sponsors of Grace Schools 
recently attended a banquet held in their honor at the 
Grace Dining Commons. Featured speakers outlined 
the spiritual, academic, athletic, and financial high- 
lights of the 1982-83 school year; and the benefits of 
the Sustaining Sponsors Program to Grace Schools. 
The guests viewed a new film for the Pursuing Priori- 
ties Campaign, compliments of Ken Anderson Films 
of Warsaw, Indiana. 

Mrs. Leila Polman and family presented a check 
for $2,500 to Grace Schools for the Grace Belles, the 
women's handbell choir. 

The Sustaining Sponsors Program currently enrolls 
the support of 620 individuals. Annual support of 
$100 or more enables one to become a member. This 
honor carries with it an open invitation to be the 
guest of the president at all college-sponsored func- 
tions. This includes athletic events, art programs, 
plays, concerts, and select presidential banquets. An 
Indiana taxpayer may receive a credit against the 
state adjusted gross income tax for contributions to 
institutions of higher learning within the state, such 
as Grace Schools. For more information, contact the 
Development Office at Grace Schools, 200 Seminary 
Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590, or call 
219/267-8191. ■ 

fews Notes 

[embers Honored 

Fhe Annual Grace Schools Recognition Banquet 
faculty and staff took place Friday, May 20, at 

Grace College Dining Commons. Honored for 
ir years of service were (front row, from left) : Mrs. 
rley Fischbach, secretary to the Dean of the Semi- 
/ (10 years); Mrs. Pam Shipley accepted the award 
her husband, Jim, for 10 years of service as Regis- 
; Mrs. Verna Felts, associate professor of Music 

years); Miss Ruth Biggers, secretary to the Direc- 
of Food Service (5 years); Mrs. Catherine Miley, 
ervisor of Print Shop (15 years); Miss Millie 
rail, secretary to the Director of Supporting Serv- 
; (5 years); and Mrs. Debra Wilcoxson, secretary 
:he Director of Housing (5 years). 
Back row (from left): Dr. Michael Grill, professor 
Psychology (5 years); Prof. William Gordon, as- 
iate professor of Economics and Business (5 
rs); Dr. Richard Dilling, Professor of Mathematics 
I Science Education (15 years); Mr. Dennis R. 
wn, director of Public Relations (5 years); Mr. 
bert Maziasz, Maintenance Staff (5 years); and Mr. 
liam Hofto, controller (5 years). ■ 

New L-Club Members as of April 1, 1983 

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Lewallen 
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Tingle 
Dr. and Mrs. Don Fowler 

MAY 1983 

In Memory of : 

John Abshire 

Guy W. Bailey 
Emma Culver 
Isabel Wallace 

Given by : 

Southeast District Minis- 
terium, Roanoke, VA 

Mrs. Guy Bailey 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Peugh 

Woodville Grace Brethren 
Church, Mansfield, OH 

by Denny Brown 

Director of Public Relations 
Grace Schools 

Would it be possible for you to 
maintain your testimony and a 
smile to 16,500 people every hour? 
Would it be possible for you to 
maintain your Christian identity 
working with 65,000 fellow em- 
ployees? Would it be possible for 
you to see past the glamour of a job 
at Disney World to a future that 
you realize has been ordained by 

Larry Ernest, a 1982 Grace Col- 
lege graduate with a degree in Busi- 
ness has those challenges in front of 
himself constantly. 

Larry has worked at Disney 
World in Orlando, Florida, for well 
over a year. He has shown the same 
positive approach to driving the 
monorail as he has demonstrated in 
his Christian walk. Larry is a 
deacon at the Grace Brethren 
Church in Orlando, and also serves 
as head usher. 

It is tough to paint your smile 
on in the morning, face as many as 
250,000 people a day, and come 

home and try to become active in 
the ministry of your local church. 
Larry finds it tough, only in that 
he wants more time to give to his 
Saviour and to the budding work in 

Larry began work at Disney 
World in the maintenance depart- 
ment, sweeping up the careless- 
ness of others. He rose quickly 
to supervisor and transferred to 
transportation where he is now 
only one step below salaried status. 
Disney has appreciated Larry's 
liberal arts background from Grace 
College and is encouraging him to 
pursue an internal career in the 
travel department or finance de- 
partment of the multifaceted cor- 

Larry is trying to become more 
involved in the Disney Christian 
Fellowship, a ministry of Disney 
employees to Disney employees. 
His job provides him with about 
210 million challenges every year as 
well as opportunities to share his 
faith with fellow employees. The 
smiles on many of the cherubic 
faces at Disney World may be 
painted on, but Larry tries to be 
genuine in his display of the 
Saviour's love in his life. 

If you visit Orlando, and have 
the privilege to take in the fantastic 
World of Disney, look for Larry, 
smile back at him from the mass of 
humanity that has engulfed you and 
be an individual. Larry Ernest is an 
individual that Grace is pleased to 
have as an alumnus. He is the son of 
Mrs. Arloine Ernest, a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Osceola, Indiana. ■ 

Genuine smiles put 
God's love on Display. 






You can cruise the Caribbean, 
discover the magic of China, experience 
the world renowned Passion Play in 
the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau 
or test the white water of the magnificent 
Colorado River. 

It's all in store in 1984. 

Each trip is carefully planned to 
include the special features people have 
learned to expect in a Grace Tour. Each 
itinerary has been meticulously selected and 
special attention has been given to your 
personal accommodations. 

You'll enjoy flexibility in your 
scheduling and the warm personal fellowship 
of Christian friends at a price that may 
be far less than what you would expect. 
Every detail has been cared for so that your 
travel experience will be a refreshing 
memory that will last a lifetime. 

What's in store in '84? Lots! 

Why not write today for more 
information on the travel opportunity 
that most appeals to you. 

Experience a Grace Tour in 1984! 


Color rendering of Grace Village Chapel by Andrew Lynn 

760 Residents. 123 Apartments. A New Chapel Planned. 

Nine Years of God's Blessings 
Evident at Grace Village 

Approximately 12 years ago, a Retirement 
Home Committee was formed by the national 
conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. This committee launched forth with 
some ambitious goals in mind . . . goals which per- 
haps seemed 20 years in the future. However, in 
just 9 short years, almost all of those goals have 
been realized! 

The Grace Village Health Care Facility, which 
began operations in 1981 with 33 beds, was a 
major step in providing total care for residents. 
The chapel pictured above, which will seat 230 
persons, will also add another dimension to the 
retirement center. Working drawings for the chapel 
are being prepared by Brethren Building Ministries 
of Winona Lake, Indiana, and funds are being re- 
ceived for its construction. 

Stop in and tour our facilities whenever you're 
in the area . . . and rejoice with us in the goodness 
of God! 

Please send information concerning tfie following: 

D Memorial Gifts and Bequests for the New Chapel 

D Available Apartments D Health Care Facilities 

n Gifts and Annuities D Cost 


Christian Retirement Center and Health Care Facility 

Ret/. Sherwood Durkee, Administrator 
,P. O. Box 337 • Winona Lake, IN 46590 • Phone: 219/269-2499 







^^Sa-^ SEPTEMBER 1983 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Now I Know Why the President 
Goes to Camp David on the Weekends 

by Charles W. Turner 


In July 1982, the Christian 
Booksellers Association held their 
annual convention in Dallas. The 
weather was hot. July 1983, found 
the CBA members meeting in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Not learning their les- 
sons too well, CBA elected to visit 
the nation's capital during this 
warm summer month. I arrived for 
the convention (which began on 
Sunday evening) in time for a Sun- 
day afternoon stroll in the capital. 
The temperature had soared to 100 
degrees, but the hotel was just two 
blocks from the White House and 
there were a couple of attractions 
listed for the area. 

On the ellipse was the "Carib- 
bean Summer in the Park," right in 
front of the White House. Thou- 
sands of people turned out for the 
happy occasion and in a very few 
moments I learned two things. 
First, James Watts had suggested 
the Beach Boys could be replaced 
with some better music. I trust the 
"Caribbean Summer in the Park" 
was not Mr. Watts' suggested im- 
provement. The second "fresh 
idea" was that if this is the kind of 
music near the White House lawn, I, 
too, would consider going to Camp 
David as often as possible if I were 
president. I noticed a family from 
Utah driving around looking for a 
parking spot . . . if you have not 
been to Washington lately, let me 
tell you that parking spots are 
harder to find in Washington than a 
balanced budget. The family looked 
puzzled inasmuch as the last count 
of parking spots in Utah ranged 

into the millions! 

It took about ten minutes in the 
100 degree sunshine for me to real- 
ize that the second added attraction 
looked or sounded more appealing. 
It was a "Rally for Republican 
Women for Ronald Reagan," and 
was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. 
on the other side of the White 
House in Lafayette Park. I got there 
a few minutes before three to in- 
sure myself a good observation 
spot. NBC and CBS came with their 
cameras and shortly after 3 p.m. 
the rally was underway. Approxi- 
mately 150 persons showed up for 
the speeches and cheering. You 
could pick up a pre-painted slogan 
sign to wave at the TV cameras at 
the right moment. There was a large 
stack of signs which made it pos- 
sible for each person to have three 
or four. And the family from Utah 
continued to drive around 
Lafayette Park looking for a park- 
ing spot. I thought if those attend- 
ing the "Caribbean Summer in the 
Park" are all Democrats and vote, 
the ladies in Lafayette Park are in 
big trouble. 

The summer heat was getting 
through to me by this time, so I 
went over to the edge of the crowd 
of ladies. Someone brought their 
bicycle with them and chained it to 
the tree. All that was left by this 
time was the heavy chain, the lock 
and the front wheel— which was 
minus the tire and no further evi- 
dence available of what was once a 
complete mode of transportation. 
Seems like you cannot even trust a 
gathering of Republican Women . . . 
it makes you really wonder who 
you can trust! 

Enough was enough for a mid- 
westerner who has been thrilled by 
the great patriotic beauty of the 
nation's capital on a Sunday after- 
noon. The day was getting late and 
I decided to head back to the hotel. 
Over the White House came the 
music from "Caribbean Summer in 
the Park" and the loud chopping of 
a helicopter blade. Someone said it 

was the president coming back 
from Camp David and as I stepped 
back off the curb to head for the 
hotel, I let an auto have the right of 
way and, sure enough, it was the 
family from Utah still looking for a 
place to park. 

In thinking over the events of 
the day, consisting of loud music, 
sign wavers, and parking-place 
hunters, my musings were not too 
profound. Are these things the sym- 
bols of hope in our country? The 
hope of getting away for a restful 
summer afternoon tells us of a 
whole generation searching for a 
little peace through losing them- 
selves in a mob of perspiring bodies. 
The ladies somewhat wilted in the 
heat and waved their signs to ex- 
press their beliefs and hopes that 
the system somehow has the an- 
swers. The folks from Utah always 
hoped that the next turn would 
find them a spot to settle and see 
what was going on in the two 
crowds. But parking spots are very 
scarce these days and few there be 
that find them! 

The sun burns down in 1983 on 
a nation that seems to have lost its 
national purpose and though the 
hopes exist for help, the answers 
are to be found external to this 
world and are to be found internal 
in our relationship with our God. 

I hope the folks from Utah 
found a parking spot before their 
week's vacation ended, and I also 
hope the nation finds its help be- 
fore it's too late. 





Vol. 4 No. 9 September 1983 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1 104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $7.25 
per year; foreign, $9.00; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER ; Send address changes to 
Brethren Missionary Herald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $2.00; two 
copies, $3.00; three to ten copies, 
$1.50 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.25 each. Please include your 
check with order. (Prices include 
postage charges.) 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each 
issue are presented for Information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

MOVING? Send label on back 
cover and your new address. Please 
allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Come Over and Help Us 

7 The Biggest Bargain and the Best Investment 
in the World 

8 Furlough Blessings and Reflections 
10 Tribute to a Medical Evangelist 

14 North America Is a Beckoning Mission Field 

16 A Tribute to Helen Stein 

18 Growing a Church in Port Richey, Florida 

20 Our Only Hope of Glory 

22 The Search for Excellence 

25 The President's Report 

26 WMC Pen Pointers 

28 Caring for Kids (Specially) 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12 • 

lepci ted in the heicil<l 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Dr. L. S. Bauman preached the dedica- 
tory sermon for the church in South Bend, 
Indiana. . . . Ninety-eight churches reported 
to national conference with an addition of 
1,777 new members for the year. The per 
capita giving totaled $54.00. There was an 
accumulated debt of $154,066 on all of the 
church properties throughout the Fellow- 
ship. The membership totaled 16,826 per- 

25 YEARS AGO - 1958 

Two new ministers ordained to the 
Christian ministry were Wendell Kent 
and Dean Fetterhoff. This service took place 
during the annual conference of the Grace 
Brethren Churches. . . . Groundbreaking 

took place at Hatboro, Pennsylvania, with 
Lester Smitley serving as pastor. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

An autograph party was held by Dr. 
John Whitcomb at the College Bookstore 
for his new BMH Book, The Moon-Its 
Creation, Form and Significance. . . . Nine 
new churches came into the Fellowship at 
national conference. They were: New 
Albany, Indiana; Clearwater, Florida; 
Kansas City, Missouri; Alta Loma, California; 
Lima, Ohio; Canal Fulton, Ohio; Irasburg, 
Vermont; Tonalea, Arizona; and Anchorage, 


We made it! The Heidelberg Press was 
paid off and the announcement was made at 
national conference. Hundreds of envelopes 
came to us with gifts for the project and 
the debt was paid off two years in advance. 
The envelopes had checks, but they also had 
many sweet notes. Here is just one of them. 

"Dear Friends, 

"We appreciate getting the Brethren 
Missionary Herald here at Danner Home. 
This is a small retirement home having ten 
guests at the present time. 

"We get the Herald through the kind- 
ness of someone who subscribes for us. I 
don't know who she is, but one day she 
stopped in here and asked if we would like 
to get the Brethren Missionary Herald. I said 
that we would and it's been coming ever 
since. " 

A check for $16.00 for the Press was en- 
closed from a Methodist, Reformed, Luther- 
an, Evangelical Congregational, Episcopal 
and a Mennonite, from Manheim, Pennsyl- 
vania.— CWT 

Cover Photo: Many African young people 
love the Lord and are being trained to do 
the work He has called them to do. Photo 
by John W. Zielasko 



Come Over and Help Us 

The materials arrive and the worl< can begin. 

by Ralph Grady 

And a vision appeared to 
Paul in tfie night; tiiere stood 
a man of Macedonia, and 
prayed tiim, saying. Come 
over into iVIacedonia, and 
tielp us. And after he had 
seen the vision, immediately 
we endeavored to go into 
Macedonia, assuredly gather- 
ing that the Lord had called 
us for to preach the gospel 
unto them. (Acts 16:9-10) 

I believe it was in 1981 that 
Jolnn Zielasko called us and asked if 
we would consider a ministry of go- 

A workroom was set up in the garage/storage area. 

Anna Mae Grady (left) and Doris 
Julien (right) are preparing a meal for 
the participants of Grace Seminary 
Extension program. 



(FMS editor's note: Ralph 
and Anna Mae Grady are 
members of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Waterloo, 
Iowa; Anna Mae is a charter 
member. Ralph has been a 
member since 1940. They 
have had a teaching ministry in 
the church for over 41 years. 

Since semi-retiring from 
farming, they spend four to 
five winter months in Fort 
Myers Beach, Florida, at 
Indian Creek Park. Ralph has 
had a weekly Bible class there 
for seven years; and in 1981 , 
at the request of the park 

management, the Gradys felt led to start a non-denominational church 
service in the park. God has blessed the ministry with attendances as high 
as over 400 people. As a result, much of their time is spent in that minis- 
try. Anna Mae comments, "We go back to Waterloo to rest. " 

Ralph and Anna Mae are the parents of four children: Mrs. Donna 
Miller, Tom and Jim Grady, and Mrs. Betty Bergen, and have 12 grand- 

Ralph and Anna Mae Grady 

ing to Africa and helping in the area 
of building. Having been a farnner 
all my life, I had much experience 
not only in farming; but also in 
building, as we did much of our 
own construction. 

We were semi-retired and could 
have gone. However, at that time 
we felt that possibly the assignment 
was beyond our capabilities. We 
prayed about it and told Mr. 
Zielasko that we would be available 
at another time, if they had a need 

It was in the early fall of 1982 
that we received a phone call asking 
us to consider a ministry of much- 
needed work at the Chateau de St. 
Albain in France. Immediately we 
felt this was the direction in which 
the Lord would have us go. After 
much prayer and communication 
with Mr. Zielasko and Tom and 
Doris Julien, we set aside six weeks 
in the spring of 1983 when we 
would go to France. 

Our ministry responsibilities in 
Florida demand us being there 
from December 1 to the week after 
Easter each year. The dates were set 
from April 7 to May 23. Travel ar- 
rangements were made early in 

My father suffered a severe heart 
attack on February 25 at Waterloo, 
Iowa, while I was attending Grace 
Schools Trustee Board Meetings in 
Winona Lake, Indiana. I flew to 
Waterloo, Iowa, to be with him for 
seven days. Due to the intensity of 
heart damage, on March 17 we felt 
led to cancel our flight plans. 

It was a difficult decision to 
make, but we felt we were needed 
there and should stay since my 
father is 94 and my mother is 88. 
We prayed, as did many, and four 
days later his condition improved 
so much that we were encouraged 
to go. Flight reservations were again 
arranged, and we left Atlanta on 
April 12 for Frankfurt, Germany. 

After spending two days with 
friends in Schlechtbach, Germany, 
we went by train (eight hours) to 
Bourge, France, where we were met 
by the Juliens. 

We toured the Chateau (23 
rooms, and we feel there are more 
that haven't yet been found) on 
Saturday, and Tom and Doris 
pointed out the areas of need. Al- 
ready we felt six years would be 
better working time rather than six 

Priorities were a bathroom and a 
W.C. (watercloset) which we saw 
completed, along with a few other 
projects, by the time we had to 
leave. Much remains to be done. 

Not only did I go to do repair 
work, but Anna Mae (my wife) also 
had responsibilities. The Grace 
Seminary Extension was held at the 
Chateau, April 18-30, and there 
were 25-30 men to prepare meals 
for three times each day. It was the 
responsibility of Doris Julien, Anna 



Mae, Beverly Kent, and two TIME 
missionaries, Connie Whitcomb and 
Jeannie Miller, to prepare and serve 
the food. Since Dr. Kent was the 
one teaching, we had a good time 
of fellowship with him and his wife. 
Seven countries and several de- 
nominations were represented in 
the seminary course. They were an 
inspiration to us as we worked. Fol- 

lowing the Seminary Extension, 
Anna Mae spent a couple weeks at 
the sewing machine doing some 
much-needed work in that area. 

During our time in France, the 
European Field Council met at 
Guebwiller. We were privileged to 
attend for a day, which included 
the threefold communion service. 
This was one of the highlights of 
our ministry there. 

Never did we have a ministry 
that we felt was so well timed. God 
makes no mistakes. None of our 
European missionaries were on fur- 
lough, so we had the joy of meeting 
and sharing with each one (except 
Denise Ramsey who was ill). 

We felt God called us to France 
to do physical work, so our time 
away from the Chateau was limited. 
Yet, we thank God for the experi- 
ence He allowed us to have. Now 
we know each missionary in Europe 
on a personal basis. We can now 
pray for them individually with un- 
derstanding. What a joy! We came 
home rejoicing along with them 
and are trusting God for 100 mis- 
sionaries by 1990 in Europe, if He 
tarries His coming. 

We appreciated Kathy Manduka 
sharing with us that we in the 

homeland are just as much a part of 
the ministry as they are. God has 
not called us all to the mission 
fields away from home, but He has 
given us a field of service where we 
are and has admonished us to pray 
and send. What a privilege! 

Our desire and prayer is, "God 
grant us physical strength, and send 
us back." ■ 




a nTbrnani wUh Tm&AwnA- 

The Biggest Bargain and 
the Best Investment in the World 

by John W. Zielasko 


". . . lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and 
where thieves do not break in or steal" (Matt. 6:20 NASB). 

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15 NASB). 

". . . ye shall be witnesses unto me . . . unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1 :8). 

Fact 1 : 

The foreign mission enterprise is a top priority commandment of our Lord. 

Fact 2: 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Grace Brethren Church (GBFMS) is 
the foreign mission arm of the national Fellowship of Grace Brethren Chur- 

Fact 3: 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is engaged in evangelism and church planting/development 

and is successful in that task. 

Fact 4: 

Grace Brethren people in Grace Brethren churches provide the major prayer 

and financial support for Grace Brethren missionaries. 
Fact 5: 

Without the wholehearted support of Grace Brethren churches, Grace Brethren missions 
cannot prosper. 


At least 100 Brethren young people are presently preparing for missions and 
have applications filed with the Foreign Mission board. Does the Grace 
Brethren Church want to honor their faith and send them out in obedience 
to the Lord? Will the church meet their financial needs? 

It requires a gift of $100 a year per member of the Grace Brethren Church to supply the 
financial needs of the present and immediately projected future mission thrust of GBFMS. 

Fact 8: 

The Grace Brethren Church has never faltered in its missionary obligation, 

and there is no reason to expect that it will now. 
Fact 9: 

Grace Brethren foreign missionaries are reaping a significant harvest. Let's get behind them 
with our prayer and financial support! 

If Grace Brethren don't do it, no one will! 



Furlough Blessings and Reflections 

She had written a few times during my last term in Brazil, 
and so when the pastor's widow asked me to supper, I looked 
forward to the fellowship and the opportunity to know her 
better. However, she did not want to talk about herself. Al- 
most immediately she started asking questions about people 
and situations in Uberlandia. Having gathered a list of prayer 
requests from my letters, she wanted to bring it up to date. 
How I praise the Lord for those who realize that prayer is vital 
in the spiritual battle and are willing to serve the Lord with us 
in planting Bible-teaching churches in South Brazil. May their 
number \acrease\— Barbara Hulse 

A pastor who knew that I would be 
spending a month in his district in 
order to be in two of my supporting 
churches not only gave opportunity to 
present the South Brazil work to 
several groups in his church, but also 
spent time and effort contacting other 
churches and helped to organize a full 
schedule for me. Thank you. Lord, for 
those who are concerned that the chal- 
lenge of foreign missions be kept be- 
fore our churches— Barbara Hulse 

The usual happened shortly after I 
arrived in the States— allergy, super 
dryness, sinuses clogged. I was miser- 
able. The medicine I took made it 
worse. It was impossible to carry on a 
conversation. And the next day I had 
to speak to about 70 to 100 ladies. 
"Lord, help me!" The next day I 
drove to the church early. I met the 
lady who was in charge of the pro- 
gram. I shared my desperate situation. 
First on the program was prayer time. 
The ladies were divided according to 
fields. The South Brazil group prayed 
specifically for me. About two 
minutes before I stood up to speak, 
my sinus passages opened up beauti- 
fully. And I had absolutely no prob- 
lem during the entire time I was speak- 
ing. And as added proof of specific an- 
swer to prayer, the problem returned 
a few minutes after I finished.— Sanc^)/ 

by Tim and Sandy Farner and Barbara Hulse 

Brethren Missionaries to Brazil 

As I traveled to the States, I was weighted down with the 
tremendous burden for recruitment of workers for expansion 
for our South Brazil field. We did not have one sure candidate 
in sight! As the days went by, we were greatly encouraged to 
see God working in the lives of people who are making them- 
selves available for full-time service. We are praising the Lord 
for giving us the assurance that He, the Lord of the Harvest, is 
staffing our work with capable men and women. I came back 
to the field with several couples and singles on a prayer list. 
Some are ready to come within a year. Others are still in semi- 
nary. Some are in college. A few are just finishing high school. 
But the point is that they are all on their way. And that is en- 
couraging!— TVm Farner 

The following is a thank you note received after visiting a particular 
church: "Dear Barbara: Thank you so much for your presentation this morn- 
ing on the victories and needs of our work in southern Brazil. I always enjoy 
hearing about specific people in whom the Lord is doing His work. I'm sure 
that there will be some of this group who will remember to pray faithfully 
for Joseph and his wife and the other couple you mentioned. Sure glad the 
Lord can edit our prayers when we forget the names! The slide presentation 
was very good in portraying the difficulties faced in your work in Uberlandia 
and Brasilia. Also it was good in its presentation of how each missionary team 
member has a valued input into your work. Today's emphasis on the man as 
the leader and the woman as silently submissive can at times stifle young 
Christian women in searching for God's leading. Although this may not have 
been one of your goals in making the slide set, I am praying that it will be 
used to reach young couples in this area as well. Thanks again for coming and 
focusing on peop\s\"— Barbara Hulse 

Barbara Hulse 




One of my urgent prayer request to 
the churches was for the Uberlandia 
church and especially for Jose as he 
led the group during the Tim Farners' 
furlough. I was grateful for the pastor 
who stopped for a time of prayer be- 
fore the meeting was over and for the 
layman who prayed not only for Jose 
and the church, but also that God 
might encourage them by giving salva- 
tion to someone during that time 
when no missionaries were present. On 
my first Sunday back in Uberlandia, I 
was introduced to a new sister in 
Christ who had accepted the Lord a 
few weeks earWer.— Barbara Hulse 

Several times I had used the illustration of how God an- 
swers prayer. In the beginning of the work here in Uberlandia, 
Tim was the only musician. He found It very difficult to lead 
singing and play the guitar at the same time. We requested 
prayer from Brethren in the States. And the next three men 
who came into the church were guitarists! Then I challenged 
the ladies to pray that God would send us someone who 
played a different instrument in order to give more variety in 
our music program. The prayer request was taken seriously. 
On my first Sunday back in Uberlandia, a young man came to 
the service. He is the brother of a young woman to whom 
Barbara had been witnessing for a couple years. He has been 
coming ever since. And would you believe that besides teach- 
ing guitar, he plays the flute, ukelele, accordion, and has had 
some training in \iOKe\— Sandy Farner 

The Farners 

It is a tremendous blessing to come out of one cultural set- 
ting, language, and a very different context of church activities 
into another and realize that there is a marvelous interrelation- 
ship and concern. We greatly appreciated this furlough when 
individuals would ask, "How is Jose doing? or "How have 
things been going since you have been renting the school?" or 
"How is the leadership of the church going since the church 
was organized?" It is good to have the assurance that State- 
side Brethren are involved in more than dollars-and-cents sup- 
port of our work. We met many who are really praying for 
both missionaries and national believers. What a joy!— T/Vt? 

Driving alone ... a 10-year-old 
Ford Pinto . . . a 1,500 mile trip be- 
fore reaching an area where there were 
any Brethren . . . and I began to 
imagine that shifting gears was getting 
even harder and more problematic. 
Realizing that I was getting tense 
thinking about it, I asked the Lord's 
help to trust and not be afraid. Soon 
He brought to my mind the story of 
Elisha and the axe head that fell into 
the river. The reminder that the Lord 
can make iron do what He wants it to 
do relieved my tension, A couple of 
weeks later the Lord sent me to the 
home of a retired mechanic. He saw 
the trouble I was having and very kind- 
ly gave the car a- thorough check-up, 
taught me how to shift the wearing 
gears, and encouraged me by assuring 
me that it shouldn't give any serious 
trouble in the miles that I still needed 
to travel. I'm thankful for the Lord's 
kind helpers.— 5ar6ara Hulse 

It was a Bible study with about 15 or 20 ladies. While talking about similarities between the personality 
characteristics of the people in the Book of Ruth and the necessary personality characteristics of mission- 
aries today, I decided to use several illustrations from personal experience here in Uberlandia. I purposeful- 
ly did not give the names of the people about whom I was talking. As I described growth in one man's life, 
a lady said, "You must be talking about Jose." I tried not to show my surprise and continued. This time the 

illustration dealt with a problem person. And to my surprise another lady said, 'That has to be 

you're talking about." And a third time, I was illustrating God moving in lives to raise up leaders when to 
our eyes it seemed to be impossible. When I spoke of our young man in the Bible Institute in Sao Paulo, a 
lady said, "His name is Tiao, isn't it?" I finally realized that Barbara Hulse had spoken to a group of ladies 
from that district about three months earlier. She had given these same people as prayer requests. The bless- 
ing to me was that these ladies had not heard a missionary speaker and then forgotten what she had said. 
They were taking seriously their role in prayer support of our work. They know what is going on in South 
Brazil.— Sand/ Farner ■ 




to a Medical Evangelist 

The MAF plane is met by several 
medical evangelists and greetings are exchanged. 

by Dr. Bill Walker 

Medical Missionary to Africa 

The diesel generator supplying 
lights to the Boguila mission station 
was still running beyond the usual 
shut-off time of 8:30 p.m. The 
sounds of sawing and hammering 
rang out from the toolroom where 
a white wooden coffin was being 
carefully pieced together. 

It all seemed difficult to believe. 
Pierre Kpakpa was the head nurse 
at the dispensary at Gouze. He was 
always faithful in his duties at the 
dispensary, his local church, and 
with his family. We had no knowl- 
edge of his being ill until he, his 
wife, and some of his family arrived 
at the hospital on a truck. 

Pierre had been sick for about 
four days and was jaundiced but 
otherwise not seemingly critically 
ill. Over the course of only one 
week, he progressively became 
weaker and more deeply jaundiced, 
lapsed into a coma, and expired at 

5 p.m. on April 24, 1983. 

The hospital grounds were 
packed with church people mourn- 
ing his death during the next several 
hours until we could make plans to 
transport the body to his home vil- 
lage of Kaga Bandoro. Hymns were 
sung all through the night hours 
until we loaded up at 5 a.m. for the 
long trip. 

Pierre had seven children ranging 
in ages from junior high school 
down to a babe in arms. In addi- 
tion, he was caring in his home for 
seven others who could not be sup- 
ported by their parents. It took two 
of our pickup trucks to transport 
the family and the casket. Margaret 
Hull drove the lead vehicle and I 
followed with the second one. 

Pierre was buried on April 26 in 
the village of his family. The local 
pastor preached about the "glori- 
fied body" awaiting Pierre and all 
of us who place our faith in the 
Lord Jesus. 

We have prayed that the Lord 

Dr. and Mrs. William Walker 

would give us faithful men who 
would take the ministry of medical 
evangelism seriously. Pierre was one 
of those men who loved his Lord 
and loved the work the Lord had 
called him to do. He was a faithful 
servant and will be greatly missed 
by ail of us, his co-workers, but 
even more so by his dear wife and 

A Medical Evangelist has a long 
series of classes and advancements 
to reach the level that Pierre held— 
Evangelist Medical 3rd class. Pierre 
entered the medical work in 1967 
as a student nurse. After several 
years of work and having success- 
fully passed three series of classes, 
he was sent to the Bible Institute at 
Bata for two years. He graduated 
from the Bible Institute in 1975 
and gained the title of Medical 
Evangelist 5th class. 

Since that time, Pierre had held 
several important leadership posi- 
tions in the medical work. He at- 
tended and passed two courses of 
study leading to advancement in 
rank from fifth- to fourth- to third- 
class positions. Only six other medi- 
cal evangelists held a higher rank 
and only seven others have the 
same rank. Our total male work 
force of nursing students and medi- 
cal evangelists was eighty-one. 

At a time like this, it is impos- 
sible to give "why" answers. In our 
eyes, it's hard to see why he had to 
be taken in the prime of his career 
when he was a respected leader in 
the African church. It is a grim re- 
minder of the shortness of this life, 
and the futility in searching after 
earthly treasures. Pierre was faith- 
ful to that specific job the Lord 
gave him . . . may we all follow his 
example. ■ 




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/"F/WS editor's note: Ivanildo (pronounced eve-on-ill'-dooj and his wife 
Naza (naw'-zaw) arrived in the United States in February 1982. 
Ivanildo immediately began classes in Grace Theological Seminary (he 
speaks English fluently) and has been doing exceptionally well. The 
Trindades are partially supported by the Brazilian national church. 
Churches and individuals here in the States are also supporting them. 
Contributions are needed for the Foreign Student Fund, so please send 
your donations to Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, P. O. Box 588, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590). 



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n An "Old Fashioned Day" was held at the Huber 
Heights Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, OH. As the 
people arrived at the church, they were greeted by 
ten classic Model A cars which were neatly parked on 
the church lawn. Many in the congregation decorated 
various rooms with antiques, pictures and old fash- 
ioned memorabilia. Family Bibles were displayed; a 
country store and an old fashioned barbar shop were 
included. Some wore old fashioned clothes, hats, and 
bonnets. Howard Mayes, pastor. 

n The Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church, Bellville, 
OH, had a twofold celebration at their Sunday school 
picnic— one, a hog roast enjoyed by all and, two, Tom 
and Sue Sharp (missionaries on short furlough from 
Mexico) gave a report on their work. 

Rick Clark (a May graduate of Grace Theological 
Seminary) accepted the duties as assistant pastor 
with the main trust being in the areas of youth, dis- 
cipleship, and Christian education. He assumed his 
duties in June. 

D Gene Witzky announced his resignation as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, IN. He 
has accepted a position with SCOPE Ministries of 
Tulsa, OK. Besides counseling with SCOPE and 
getting more experience and training in this field, 
he has been granted the privilege of starting a Bible 
class that hopefully will become the first Grace 
Brethren testimony in the state of Oklahoma. 

Any Grace Brethren people in the Tulsa or the 
Oklahoma City area can contact Mr. Witzky through 
the SCOPE office: Southeastern Professional BIdg., 
4946 East 49 St., Tulsa, OK 74135 (phone; 

DA Brethren Night Homecoming was held at the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, on Friday, 
March 18. An advertisement was placed in the local 
newspapers and it included an invitation to former 
members. Posters were also printed and placed 
throughout the church. Invitations were sent to 

former members and to those out-of-town. 

The invitation included the enjoyment of a carry- 
in meal, fellowship with old and new friends, and en- 

The theme for the occasion was "Remember Your 
Heritage," and the whole evening proved to be a great 

DJohn Sholly, pastor of the First Grace Brethren 
Church, Des Moines, lA, received praise as he braved 
a chilly river to rescue a 76-year-old man who had 
jumped from a bridge "to end it all." Sholly told the 
man that he was a minister and that he's not going 
to let him die. The man panicked and began strug- 
gling, but after much effort he was able to get him to 

A police officer had high praise for Mr. Sholly who 
"definitely risked his life saving that man. He did a 
good job. That water is awful cold and could send 
you into shock pretty fast. The river current also was 
extremely swift." 

D Charles Thornton has announced his resignation 
as pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of Sunnyside, 

D The North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church, Day- 
ton, OH, was encouraged by a "Sharing in Love Evan- 
gelistic Crusade" with Ron Picard. A total of 17 
public decisions for commitments of salvation or 
dedication were recorded. Tad Hobert, pastor. 

nWard Miller has announced his resignation as pas- 
tor of the Grace Brethren Church in Osceola, IN, to 
assume the pastorate of the San Bernardino, CA, 

D Donald Weltmer has accepted the pastorate of the 
Melrose Gardens Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Brethren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
ADAMS, Emmit, iVlay 17, a member of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, CA. Dr. J. Keith Altig and 
the pastor officiated at the memorial service. Emmit was one 
of the pioneers of the Brethren missionary work in Puerto 
Rico. In later years, he served as superintendent of the Los 




Angeles Rescue Mission for 17 years. Thomas Hughes, pastor. 
DALKE, Cornelius F., a faithful member and leader in the 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, CA, and 
was known by many as he served in the Southern California- 
Arizona district as district statistician and also assistant 
district secretary. Thomas Hughes, pastor. 

Change yeur annual 

Charles Barnhill, 501 Sunset Dr., Sebring, FL 33870»Donald 
Bowlin, c/o Grace Brethren Church, 2905 D Ave., N.E., 
Cedar Rapids, lA 52402 • Steve Clifford, 167 W. Main St., 
Newport, VT 05855 • John Davis, R.R. 6, Box 87, Chapman 
Lake Park, Warsaw, IN 46580 "Martin Garber, 470S. Stock- 
ton Ave., Ripon, CA 95366 •£. John Gillis, 632 Toakoana 
Way, Eagle River, AK 99577 (Tel. 907/694-5331) "Boyd 
Grove, 1409 Constitution Ave., Ft. Collins, CO 80521 'Dean 
Hertzler, 1204 Woods Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502 "Thomas 
Hughes, 8137 Vicki, Whittier, CA 90606 'James Hunt, 10 
Greybirch Ct., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 'Robert Juday, 
R.D. 3, Box 287-A, Hurt, VA 24563 • James Kennedy, 
98-323 Pono St., Aiea, HI 96701 •Arnold Kriegbaum has a 
new telephone number-904/625-1991 'Kurt Miller, 1182 
Brook Dr., East, Dunedin, FL 33528 • Ward Miller, c/o 
Grace Brethren Church, 25700-25800 Pacific Ave., San 
Bernardino, CA 92404 'Jack Moore, 101 Slateford, Union, 
OH 45322 'Greg Ryerson, E. 12505 30th Ave., Spokane, 
WA 99216 • Milton Ryerson, Gen. Del., Udell, lA 52593 • 
Dan Shedd, 5457 Preston Ct., Concord, CA 94521 • Robert 
Smoker, 56 N. Hartman St., York, PA 17403 "Tom Varney, 
927 E. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580 "Edward Wingard, 301 
Metaire Lane, Madison, AL 35758 • Douglas Winn, 100 
North, Canonsburg, PA 15317 "The new secretary for the 
GBC of New Albany, IN, is Ronda Troxel, 608 Tucker Ave., 
Clarksville, IN 47130 (Tel. 812/282-1434) "The new secre- 
tary for the Lyndhurst GBC, Cleveland, OH, Is Mrs. Kay 
Bloom, 1099 Irene Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124 (Tel. 
219/442-0650) • The new address for the Fairlawn GBC of 
Radford, VA, is Route 3, Box 522-A, Radford, VA 24141 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Lisa Auclair and Kirk Stutes. Grace Brethren Church, Island 
Pond, VT. Dale Jenks, pastor. 

Debbie Baucher and Gary Cover. Grace Brethren Church, 
Ripon, CA. Glen Shirk, pastor. 

Sharon Beers and Royce Patches. Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Dale. Leon Brethren Church, Leon, 
Iowa. Glen Wei born, pastor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Len Dean. River City Grace Community Church, 
Sacramento, CA. Roy Halberg, pastor. 

Carol DiValentino and Kent Saylor. Grace Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, PA. Ray Davis, pastor. 

Steve and Wendy Ehrhardt. River City Grace Community 
Church. Roy Halberg, pastor. 

Kristen Erickson and Ted Kirnbauer. Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Valerie Evans and Matthew Adamchak. Leamersville Grace 
Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John Gregory, pastor. 
Beth Fisher and Rick Farewell. Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Anna Frisby and Mike Van Meter. The ceremony was per- 
formed at a non-Brethren Church. Mike is a member of the 

Lexington Grace Brethren Church, Lexington, KY. Joe Nass, 

Tammy Graber and Craig Newland. Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Evelyn Guinn and Henry Sauders. Grace Brethren Church, 
Telford, TN. Dave Mitchell, pastor. 

Dana Hall and Lynn Miller. Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, 
WA. John Mcintosh, pastor. 

Debbie Harris and Ron Dion. Grace Brethren Church, Mab- 
ton, WA. John Mcintosh, pastor. 

Sherri Houser and Mike Purdy. Grace Brethren Church, Mab- 
ton, WA. John Mcintosh, pastor. 

Pat Ide and Chris Wedertz. Suburban Grace Brethren Church, 
Hatboro, PA. Larry Wedertz, father of the groom; and John 
Smith, pastor, officiated at the ceremony. 
Michelle Jackson and Brian Winter. The ceremony was per- 
formed in a non-Brethren church, with the groom's father, 
Charles Winter, officiating. 

Phyllis LaRue and Douglas Gaerte. Grace Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, PA. Ray Davis, pastor. 

Kelly Lukkes and Nathan Zakahi. Grace Brethren Church, 
Kent, WA. Dave Marksbury, pastor. 

Rebecca Male and James Colman. Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Warsaw, IN. David Plaster, pastor; and Dr. E. 
William Male, father of the bride, officiated at the ceremony. 
Ruth Male and Roy Lowrie. Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Warsaw, IN. Dr. E. William Male, father of the bride, 
and Al Edgington officiated at the ceremony. David Plaster, 

Elisa Miller and Keith Holmes. Grace Brethren Church, Woos- 
ter, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Myra Myers and Mark Moore. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, 
IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

Kim Oakley and Jeff Meyer. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Charlene Parry and Andy Granillo. The ceremony was per- 
formed in a non-Brethren church. Submitted by the Bell- 
flower Brethren Church, Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 
Tricia Reed and Gene Kuhn. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, 
IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

Lorraine Ridley and Randy Raven. Bellflower Grace Brethren 
Church. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Lori Russell and Gary Airhart. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Karen Schmitz and Steve Sulser. Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Tammy Scott and Jim Spencer. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

Elva Showalter and Orville Weitzel. Leamersville Grace Breth- 
ren Church. John Gregory, pastor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Simmons. River City Grace Community 
Church, Sacramento, CA. Roy Halberg, pastor. 
Sherilyn Smith and David Rank. Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Sherilyn is the daughter of Bill Smith, 
eastern field secretary of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Winona Lake, IN. Dave is director of youth/youth 
music at the Myerstown church. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
Bruce and Renee Somers. River City Grace Community 
Church, Sacramento, CA. Roy Halberg, pastor. 
Holli Jean Stach and Wes Abrams, Jr. Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, WA. Charles Winter, pastor. 
Jami Stone and Rick Piercy. Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Deborah Sturdivant and Robert Marcuson. Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 
Sandra Toy and DeWayne Hankinson. Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwall, pastor. 
Judy Wendorff and Bob Pyke. Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. ■ 





by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 

It was high up on Waldron's Ridge, seven miles up 
in the mountains west of Dayton, Tennessee, that we 
walked along a narrow path that led to a tiny humble 
home nestled in the trees. Our Christian friends, from 
the little log chapel where I served as pastor during 
college days, had asked us to come here knowing that 
a lady, near death, awaited our visit. Mr. Yates, her 
husband, was not friendly to the Gospel, did not wel- 
come visitors and, because of some possible illegal 
activity, was always on the lookout for "Revenoors." 

Arriving at the gate, we waited until the big tall 
Tennessean walked out on the porch and invited us 
up the path to the house. I carried my Bible, a large 
one, in plain sight, which served as my identification 
as the preacher from Hairpin Curve Chapel. As we 
neared the porch, our unfriendly host, well over six 
feet tall, tilted his big black hat back on his head and 
said quietly, "Come up and sit a spell." I did as I was 
told and he sat down and laid his long-barrelled gun 
down on the floor. My friend sat down, too, as our 
wives disappeared into the living room. 

I talked about the beautiful view they had from 

Is a 

Mission Field 

that porch, grasping for subjects of conversation that 
might warm this man's heart and allow me to ap- 
proach the Gospel. It was difficult for the discussion 
was not present; he definitely was not communicat- 
ing. Only a few short words would emerge from time 
to time. I waited patiently for my opportunity to 
speak and hoped to approach the request to minister 
to that dear lady which lay inside the house. From 
within came the constant moans, and sometimes the 
frail cry of pain which seemed to come periodically 
every few minutes. 

After what seemed a long "spell" and every futile 
effort to converse, I bowed my head and asked for 
courage, for an opening of this man's heart, an oppor- 




ur. uesier c. rirer 

tunity to get into that room to minister to that dear 
soul. How precious is our Lord who works in such 
marvelous and mysterious ways! I turned to Mr. 
Yates and before I could say anything, he said, 
"Would you come in and read the Bible and pray for 
my wife?" My heart leaped as my opportunity had ar- 
rived. We stood and walked into the room, the only 
room that seemed to be in the house. My eyes 
turned to the bed in one corner where lay the thin 
frail body of a woman racked with pain. In a wooden 
box lay the tiny form of a baby, only a few days in 
this world. Across my mind flashed a myriad of ques- 
tions: its birth, its delivery, its bath, its food, and its 
care? Surely, this seriously ill mother could not feed 
that baby from her pain-racked and weak body. 

I walked over to the bed, opened my Bible and be- 
gan to read how God is able to heal all our diseases. I 
read on about the wonderful love He bestowed in the 
death of His Son upon the cross. I felt the tears run- 
ning down my cheeks as I read of God's concern for 
the lost. I paused and asked Mrs. Yates, "Do you 
know Christ as your Saviour? Is He your Lord? Can 
we ask Him, our Great Physician, to raise you up to 
new health by faith?" I shall never forget her words, 
"Yes, I know Him. He is my Saviour. I have faith, I 
believe, I know He will raise me up and care for my 
baby!" My heart leaped for joy and I grasped her 
hand and began to pray. 

What a privilege is ours to pray anywhere, any- 
time, for any need, and to know He hears our humble 
cry! As I lifted my voice to God in her behalf, her 
grip tightened in my hand and I knew she was trust- 
ing God, asking in her heart for God's marvelous 
healing power. I prayed for her, for her tiny baby, for 
that husband who stood somewhere behind me in the 
room, and thanked God for what He was going to do. 
Finishing my prayer, I was turned 180 degrees by a 
huge hand upon my shoulder and the words, 
"Preacher, you are always welcome in my home!" 

We left that home and made our way back down 

the mountain to the chapel where we gathered again 
in united prayer for that needy family. During the 
week at the college other students joined in prayer, 
too. On Saturday night it was my responsibility to 
speak at the street meeting held on the main street of 
Dayton by the Bryan students. We sang, read the 
Word, prayed, and then came the message which was 
always followed by an invitation and personal work 
in the crowd that gathered. As I spoke, I noticed the 
tall figure of a man, slowly making his way through 
the crowd. As he neared the light of the street lamp, 
I recognized the tall form of Mr. Yates. He was smil- 
ing and stood with bowed head as I finished the 
message. He stepped forward and thrust his big hand 
in mine and said, "My wife, she's getting well. The 
baby is doing good, and God has answered your 
prayer!" God had moved in hearts and that home, 
hidden up in the Tennessee mountains, was open 
to the Gospel. 

As I traveled across this Nation, I wonder about 
the thousands of homes where the Gospel is needed. 
Like Waldron's Ridge, the remote areas of Kentucky, 
the vast areas of Indian reservations, the migrant 
camps, the darkened homes of literally millions who 
live in America's cities, towns and villages, they wait. 
Who will carry the blessed story of Christ's birth, 
death, burial and resurrection to them? Who will be 
willing to go and read the Word, pray and love with 
compassion for lost souls? "How then shall they call 
on him in whom they have not believed? and how 
shall they believe in him of whom they have not 
heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 
And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" 
(Rom. 10:14-15). 

North America with its teaming multitudes, across 
the vast areas of Canada and the U.S.A. is a beckon- 
ing mission field. It is time for all Bible-believing 
Christians to act. We need to share the Word, to ful- 
fill the Great Commission as our Lord so passionate- 
ly commanded. May God give us a new sense of 
urgency, like Paul who said, "Woe is me if I preach 
not the Gospel." He knew it was the "power of God 
unto salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom. 
1:16). What a marvelous work of God can be accom- 
plished in hearts of people like the dear family in the 
mountains of Tennessee. They are waiting. 

Reports continue to multiply the statistics of souls 
being touched with the Gospel in our home mission 
fields. In Alaska, Vermont, Navajoland, and across 
these States, God is producing changed lives through 
the proclamation of His Word and personal work. 
Over 2,000 life-changing decisions have been recorded 
in the Bountiful Harvest Campaign in home mission 
fields since 1979. Praise the Lord for His blessing! 
Planting Grace Brethren churches, preaching and 
teaching the Word of God and follow-up discipleship 
produce eternal results. We need your interest, your 
cooperation, and your help in this vital ministry of 
obedience to our precious Lord's command (Matt. 
28:19-20). ■ 




A Tribute to 
Helen Stein 

by Isobel Fraser 

(Helen Stein, bom April 28, 
1915, Poland. Born again. May 
7, 1983, Los Angeles, Cali- 

About twenty years ago 
Helen Stein came into my life. 
Since then I had shared with 
her the wonderful truth that 
Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, 
God the Son and Saviour of 
the world. During those years 
she attended our weekly Bible 
class, monthly Bet El Meetings 
at various times and occasion- 
ally attended the evening serv- 
ice at the Community Breth- 
ren Church of East Los Angles 

with me. 

During those years you also 
had been asked to pray for her 
salvation. So you who prayed 
had a part in that wonderful 
event when she set aside all 
barriers and asked Christ Jesus 
to come into her heart. 

Helen had lung cancer and 
the doctors gave her a few 
more months to live. However, 
God had other plans. Seven- 
teen days after she became a 
member of His family. He 
took her out of her misery and 
called her home. 

Helen had made plans for 
her burial some years ago and 
so her service was Jewish. I 

'It is my prayer that her desire to have her diary published may be fulfilled. 

Isobel shares news of the Messiah with Helen. 

was given the privilege of 
speaking in her memory, a 
custom at Jewish funerals. I 
could not openly declare there 
her newfound faith, but these 
were my words . . . 

In Tribute to Helen 

I count it a privilege to say 
a few words regarding Helen 
Stein. She was a very dear 
friend. More than a friend, in a 
way, a sister. As I talked with 
other friends there seemed to 
be agreement that one of 
Helen's outstanding character- 
istics was her perseverence, her 
persistence, her tenacity re- 
gardless of the circumstances. 
She was a survivor! 

This is especially brought 
out in the diary she wrote 
about her experiences in the 
Holocuast. It is entitled: Lena, 
A Fight for Survival*. This is 
truly the story about her life. 
First, she recorded her perse- 
verence against Naziism; then 
against adversity in a new 
country; and, finally, against 
the dread disease of cancer. 
She fought to survive each. 

Helen had a great capacity 




for love, too. Her first love 
was for her husband, George. 
The dedication she wrote to 
him in her diary gives one a 
glimpse into her heart. 

Israel, a country she also 
loved. Twice she stayed to 
make it her home, but, in 
time, returned to America. I 
believe her inability to learn 

first called to my attention as 
I attended the funeral of an- 
other Jewish friend. It was on 
the wall of the mortuary 
chapel. From Isaiah 26:19: 


This diary is dedicated to my beloved husband, Jerry, whose love, understand- 
ing, and encouragement sustained me through the dark days of self-doubt. 

George (Jerry) Stein was an only son. His entire, all-too-short life, his mother 
treated him as a baby. Until the age of seventeen, he was brought up with govern- 
esses in constant attendance. He learned to speak German, French, and English, 
although with his mother, he always spoke Russian. A t four years of age, he was 
already playing the piano. After completing the French gymnasium (equivalent to 
high school) in Poland, he entered the University of Law in Warsaw, at the age of 
seventeen. At this time he also began to compose songs in French. In March 1937, 
he finished his university training, and in December of that year he and I were 
married. George's birthday was December 23. 

Because of religious discrimination against Jews, Jerry could not practice law. 
He worked temporarily in Import and Export for the Polish government, until the 
outbreak of World War II. 

Had my husband and children survived the difficult and hazardous times of the 
Warsaw ghetto period, I would now have a wonderful spouse, and two grown chil- 
dren, and maybe grandchildren. I shall not write much about that phase of my 
experience, because recalling what might have been is too painful for me and 
causes a great ache in my heart. I feel guilty that I am alive, and they are gone. 

Living seemed more frightening than dying. 

And yet she did not give 
up. She persevered! 

As she grew to love and care 
for her adopted country, the 
United States, she did not 
hesitate to write the president 
or other officials when she ob- 
served needs and saw serious 
problems arise. She saw trends 
that she felt were similar to 
the days in Poland before the 
Holocaust. She did not want 
America to suffer in that way. 
I was her secretary for many 
of these letters. Some of you 
were drafted, too. 

She made seven trips to 

the Hebrew language was one 
of the main reasons for her re- 
turn. On the wall of her apart- 
ment is a certificate of thanks 
from Israel for having donated 
an ambulance for their equiva- 
lent of the Red Cross. 

Then she had a love and 
concern for individuals. I was 
reminded of this as I talked 
with her friend Rebecca 
Zaslow. With her, she worked 
as a volunteer for Freda Mohr 
in aiding others. 

I am glad that this life is not 
all. I am reminded of an Old 
Testament Scripture. It was 

"Thy dead men shall live, to- 
gether with my dead body 
shall they arise. Awake and 
sing, ye that dwell in dust; for 
thy dew is as the dew of herbs, 
and the earth shall cast out the 

However, I am thankful 
that God brought Helen into 
my life during this earthly so- 
journ. Her life has been a chal- 
lenge to me and her memory 
will live on. I am sure not only 
for me but for many others, 




Growing a Church in 

Port Rlchey, Florida 

by Jim Poyner, Pastor 

Gulf view 

Grace Brethren Church 

Port Richey, Florida 

There's a saying here in Florida 
that "anything will grow in Florida 
sand, if you water it and provide 
plant foodV Does that mean chur- 
ches will grow in Florida, too? The 
Gulfview Grace Brethren Church 
"pioneer planters" in Port Richey 
and the Brethren Home Missions 
Council set out on January 1, 1981, 
to find the answer to that question. 

A new church was "planted" in 
a "travel park garden" and first of- 
ficial services were held on January 
4, 1981. Pastor Jim Poyner was as- 
sisted by the experienced church 
planters of the Home Missions 
Council in planting the new testi- 
mony. Lonnie Miller, founder and 
owner of the "Ja-Mar Travel Park" 
in Port Richey, had previously been 
very active in the Grace Brethren 
Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. 
After moving to Port Richey (50 

The Poyner Family 

miles north of St. Petersburg), 
Lonnie had been praying that a 
church might result from a winter 
Bible class that was held for the 
"Snowbirds" living at Ja-Mar during 
the winter months. Two other 
Brethren families (the Earl Clark 
and Bill Richards families) joined 
the Millers in their desire to see a 
new church planted. Home Missions 
was contacted in 1980 and a full- 
time "pastor-planter" was then con- 

My wife and I had experienced a 
very joyful first ministry in Huber 
Heights, Ohio, for more than ten 
years, working with Home Missions 
for about four years and then going 
self-supporting. Two building pro- 
grams resulted and a super, loving, 
exciting church family grew to- 
gether in love and ministry. 

In contemplating "growing a 
church" anywhere, we need to fol- 
low the Master Planter's Manual. 
Acts 16:9-34 has been that to me. I 
see Eight Necessary Steps in 
"Growing a Church": 

(Lord's Will-Acts 16:9-10). 
Verse 9 speaks of God 
showing the need and 
verse 10 confirms the "call of assur- 
ance." After hearing of the Port 
Richey possibility, we prayerfully 
considered the ministry change for 
more than six months before we an- 
nounced our decision to the Huber 
Heights family on November 1, 
1980. We felt our ministry gifts 
were best suited in planting and 
nourishing a new church and felt 
the calling of God to begin the new 
ministry. One of the confirmations 
that the Lord gave us that He had 
assuredly called us, was in the sell- 
ing of our house on the last day, as 
the moving truck was loading, to 
the only couple that even looked at 
it during the sixty days we had it 
listed. On December 28, we arrived 
in Port Richey, somewhat emotion- 
ally numb from the feeling of say- 
ing goodbye to a church family we 
had "grown up with" for ten and 
one-half years, and yet excited and 
challenged about the possibilities in 
Port Richey. 

^^ SOIL- (Visitation -Acts 
^^^ 16:13). Visitation is clear- 
ly seen in the "going out 
and speaking to those by the river- 
side." A church will grow if it finds 
people who are hurting and helps 
meet their hurt. One dear lady 
came to our church following her 
son's imprisonment. Another lady, 
herself in prison, came to Christ 
through the love of a family attend- 
ing our church and after her release 
has become a transformed member 
of our church. We've seen retirees 
over eighty years of age come to 
assurance of salvation through re- 
ceiving Jesus Christ as their Saviour. 
One elderly gentleman said he had 




attended church most of his life 
and many pastors had visited him, 
and, yet, our church was the only 
one that had ever visited him and 
confronted him with his need of 
knowing Jesus Christ personally. 
We've found in visiting retired 
people In Florida that many do not 
know for sure they are going to 
heaven, and are basing life's greatest 
decision on church attendance and 
good works rather than personal 
faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). 

CREASE-(His Blessing- 
Acts 16:14). Verse 14 
shows that it is "the Lord 
who opens hearts." Statistically, 
people age fifty to eighty do not 
easily come to Christ. The ground 
becomes almost "too hard to 
change." But praise God for some 
beautiful things that have happened 
in hearts. Many do not feel com- 
fortable in making their decisions 
public, but a new peace and joy 
shows the reality of their faith. One 
lady who often cried during the in- 
vitation because of her lack of as- 
surance of salvation, has now re- 
ceived Christ, made her decision 
public and brought a friend to 
Christ. Both ladies have been bap- 
tized and are now enthusiastic 
members of our baby church. 

Attendance has reached a high 
of 228 in winter to a low of 30 in 
summer. However, our present 
active 25 "member-gardeners" con- 
tinue faithfully "hoeing and hop- 
ing" as God gives the increase. 1 
Corinthians 3:6-8 is very clear in 
saying that it is our job^to plant and 
water and God is the one that 
brings the increase. Yet, God's har- 
vest is directly proportionate to our 
labor (1 Cor. 3:8). What a thrill to 
be a part of God's Garden Program 
(1 Cor. 3:9)1 

DEN TO GOD-{Prayer- 
^ Acts 16:13, 16, and 25). 

When we realize it is the 
Lord that opens hearts and gives 
the increase, a new priority of 
prayer results. Only God can en- 
courage a gardener who's ready to 

throw down his hoe, or give him a 
renewed vision of the harvest when 
fellow planters leave, saying they 
don't feel led to continue working 
in this small vineyard and want to 
join the "greener garden" across the 
fence. Regularly recommitting the 
garden to God in prayer changes 
hearts, attitudes, situations, and sta- 
tistics. Praise God that we're not 
left alone, and He's only a prayer 

^^ WEEDS-(Facing Opposi- 
^^y tlon-Acts 16:19-25). A 

church without people 
wouldn't have any problems, but 
thank God for problems, because 
they represent individuals for 
whom Christ died and the Holy 
Spirit can change. Very few of us 
will experience the kind of opposi- 
tion that Paul and Silas faced, but 
the principle of people problems is 
the same. Some will misunderstand, 
say things they shouldn't, oppose 
rather than help, and often leave. 
"Sowing and reaping" often be- 
comes "replanting and weeping." It 
means tender, loving care of a new 
plant that doesn't look like it's 
going to survive the "heat." Only 
God can help us to see that "prob- 
lems are opportunities in work 
clothes." Verse 25 shows the 
secret— "Praise + Prayer = Perfect 
Peace." God gave a song to Paul 
and Silas in the midnight hour 
when the problem was seen from 
His perspective. Notice that an un- 
saved audience was watching (v. 
25). People are still sinners and 
God's formula still works. Only the 
names and places have been 
changed to reflect our own chur- 

lUP Winning-Acts 16:18 and 
30-33). Sinners need a 
Saviour and conversion changes 
character. In verse 18, Paul was 
grieved over an unsaved girl's 
actions and the Lord changed her 
life. Even the jailer and his whole 
house were saved (vv. 30-32). See- 
ing people come to Christ and their 

lives changed, is the only real 
reason for any church to be planted. 
We have to continually encourage 
one another in this priority. 

- (Baptism - Acts 16:15 
and 33). Baptism is an out- 
ward sign of an inward re- 
ality. Verses 15 and 33 show that 
both Lydia and the jailer were bap- 
tized. If it wasn't a biblical com- 
mand, we wouldn't require it. The 
Bible says, "Repent and be bap- 
tized" (Acts 2:38), and "Go ye 
therefore . . . baptizing them" (Matt. 
28:19). What a joy for us to witness 
a 74-year-old woman being bap- 
tized, even though she was afraid of 
water. Another woman recently 
came to assurance of salvation and, 
despite her emphysema, was bap- 
tized as a testimony to us all. 


» FAMILIES -(Follow-up- 
Acts 16:15, 33-34). 

Through Lydia, Paul and 
Silas reached her whole house- 
hold and through the jailer's salva- 
tion; they reached his whole family. 
Verse 34 shows the /oy that came 
to the entire family. So, we've seen 
various family members attend 
church through the Lord working 
in the life of one. A nine-year-old 
boy was recently saved and bap- 
tized and now his father, mother, 
and brother attend with him. A 
grandmother recently came to as- 
surance of her salvation and her 
two grandchildren are now faithful- 
ly attending with her. It's impor- 
tant that we concentrate on web 
growth (following up family con- 
tacts and close friends). 

Looking back now over almost 
two and one-half years, we've been 
very proud to be a part of the 
Home Missions "Bountiful Harvest 
Campaign." Signs of growth show 
that the baby church is indeed root- 
ing and growing stronger. But a 
two-year-old "church sapling" still 
needs a lot of food (hard work and 
loyal people), and water (prayer 
and the Holy Spirit's increase). 
Thanks for your part in the Port 
Richey garden. ■ 




Month CQ 

Our Only 
Hope of Glory 

by A. Duane Jones, Former Pastor 

Gold Rush Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Auburn, California 

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he 
who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears 
much fruit; for apart from l\/le you can do 
nothing" (John 15:5 NASB). 

The desire that burns within the heart of every 
true Christian is to be pleasing to God. The fear and 
guilt often covered up is that he isn't or even can't be. 
But still his inherent desire to be fruitful and pleasing 
drives him, at least on occasion, to strive to "live a 
Christ-like life" or "do something to serve the Lord." 
The Christian is to be joyful, so he strives to be 
happy. The Christian is to be peaceful, so he strives to 
"trust the Lord." The Christian is to be loving, so he 
strives to suppress any negative feelings about others. 
He teaches a Sunday school class or leads a Bible 
study or works with the youth group in a sincere ef- 
fort to do something for his Lord. 

But too often he senses that most of his efforts are 
forced rather than natural; a chore rather than a 
pleasure; a heavy burden rather than an easy yoke. 
What "fruit" he sees is often only temporary rather 
than abiding. He has missed the really "good news" 
of John 15:5! 

In this simple verse, Jesus reminds us all of the 
three most important facts about a truly dynamic 
Christian life. 


"I am the vine, you are the branches ..." 

Every Christian understands the source of his 
eternal life is God, through Christ Jesus. After all, it 
isn't by our "works of righteousness," but "according 
to His mercy" that He saved us. Yet, once we have 
eternal life, we often behave as though it is now our 
responsibility to demonstrate that life to everyone 
around us. We feel that God gave it to us and now has 
left us to maintain it. 

This is the same heart behind the problem Paul re- 
buked in the Galatian Christians, "Are you so fool- 
ish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being 
perfected by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:3). Having this atti- 
tude is what sometimes leads "good, fundamental, 
Bible-believing" Christians into a stance that often 
borders on legalism. 

But all the perfect character of God that is seen in 
the law is what God desires for our lives. However, 
our Lord reminds us that He is the vine and we are 
the branches. The life of God is in and through Him, 
not us! Therefore, He reveals a better and surer way 
of seeing that life produced in us. . . . 


". . . He who abides in l^e, and I in him, 
he bears much fruit. " 

If I were to ask you, "How much did Jesus do for 
you when He was on the earth?" what would you an- 
swer? You're probably tempted to say, "Everything!" 
But you would be wrong. By His own testimony 
Jesus said He didn't do anything! Listen carefully to 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing 
of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father 
doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the 
Son also does in like manner. . . . / can do nothing on 
My own initiative" (John 5: 19, 30 NASB). 

"When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will 
know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own 
initiative, but I speak these things as the Father 
taught Me" (John 8:28 NASB). 

Though Jesus is the Second Person of the triune 
Godhead; yet, by His own testimony. He was not be- 
having here on earth as God but as a man the way 
God originally created man to be. He was totally de- 
pendent upon God; never independent. 

Did you ever wonder why Jesus spent so much 
time praying? Simple. Because He needed to. Even 
after long, exhausting days teaching, with crowds 
pressing in around Him, He would spend all night in 
prayer. He was "abiding" in the Father. His life was 
the Father's life. His source of strength was the 
Father's strength. It is no coincidence that we are 
given our greatest promise about prayer just two 
verses later, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide 
in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done 
for you" (John 15:7). 

To "abide" simple means to "remain." Jesus was 
not suggesting we "remain" a Christian, but "remain" 
close to Christ in complete dependence upon Him. 
"Fruit," all those good things God wants to be in and 
flow through our lives, is the natural result of our per- 
sonal communion and dependence upon Christ. It is 
not the product of our own efforts. Thus "abiding" is 
the key to all fruitfulness; and this is for a very good 
reason. . . . 




A. Duane Jones 


"For apart from Me you can do nothing." 

Sometimes we get the idea that God strengthens 
our weaknesses and gives us gifts so we can use our 
strengths to do things for Him. But Jesus here clearly 
tells us that we cannot do anything apart from Him. 
In other words, our "strengths" could be our own 
worst enemies if they lead us away from total de- 
pendence upon Christ. 

No wonder Paul later preferred to "boast about 
my weaknesses." It was so "that the power of Christ 
may dwell in me." He discovered that God is able to 
do "exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think" 
only "according to the power that works within us." 
That's why he could do "all things." It was "through 
Christ that strengthens me." 

E. M. Bounds, in his book Power Through Prayer, 
states it well. "Men are looking for better methods. 
God is looking for better men." God told King Asa in 
2 Chronicles 16:9 the kind of men He is looking for, 
"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro through- 
out the earth that He may strongly support those 
whose heart is completely His. " 

Our only hope for the glory of the grace of God to 
be displayed in our lives as individuals; as a church; or 
as a fellowship of churches is to diligently seek the 
presence and power of Christ. For only when we be- 
hold Him in His glory will we be "transformed into 
the same image from glory to glory, just as from the 
Lord, the Spirit" (2 Cor. 3:18). ■ 

(Editor's Note: A. Duane Jones pastored the Gold Rush 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Auburn, California, 
from 1979 to July 1983. He is now a chaplain in the Armed 

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Box 587 • Winona Lake, IN • 46590 
219* 267 • 5161 




Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 


The Search for 

The book by that title is subtitled, "Lessons From America's Best-Run Companies." It is 
by Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman, Jr., and has stayed near the top of the best-seller 
list for a long time, even at $19.95. 

It is a study of General Motors, IBM, Maytag, 3-M, and a number of other companies that 
are known for excellence. 

President FDR said, "But above all try something." 

An executive at Cadbury's smiles, "Ready. Fire. Aim." 

And then there is Woody Allen's bias, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." 

Well, the book does have some interesting principles about excellence, about management 
and the care of people. You will find— and I'm not trying to urge you to buy it— that one 
very common denominator of the companies is that they strive for excellence. There are 
various ways and methods, but certain principles seem strong in all of them. 

I think you would find the same thing as you visited successful churches— whether success 
was measured by faithfulness of the people and their care for each other in a church of 50, 
or the progressive outreach expansion program in a church of 5,000. We have talked about 
the actual identifying characteristics of such excellent and healthy churches before. But here 
are some reminders of common or sure principles that would be true: 

1. Those churches want to excel. They don't just sit around and watch how it happened. 
They are praying and working toward success and excellence. 

2. They know there's a big price to pay. Church growth experts always say that the price 
of excellence is going to be high in terms of time and money and energy. 

3. The leaders of the church and the various ministry boards that care for an area are talk- 
ing about excellence and improvement. They are not just managing what went on last week 
to be sure it can happen again next year. They are assessing and seeing if lives are being 
touched with God's love. They are candid in evaluations. 

4. The people in those churches are supportive of their leadership, standing with the ones 
who are seeking to excel. No one can fight a battle against others in trying to get to excel- 
lence. The thing-problems are enemy enough— you don't need people-problems! 

Our churches need the search. Of course, our first one is for the Lord and His righteous- 
ness, and that should never be divorced from the desire to excel. But they can go together! 

There is no reason for a youth sponsor to come late, for a few to be so overloaded with 
responsibilities they cannot function, for a teacher to squeak by, or a sermon to be half- 
baked. No good reason! 

There is no excuse for a nursery to be in need of light or new paint, for church grounds 
to be weedy, or a rug to be dirty. No legitimate excuse! 

There is no room for a board not to seek unity in Christ, for a church staff not to be ade- 
quately paid, for deacons not to live up to their designation as servants. No biblical room! 

Oh, and there's another book about the search for excellence and godliness in personal 
and church life. It, too, is a best seller, and needs tried! i^ . , 


n Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

iBC Christian Education Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

^kanh Mou, y^udu! 

Judy Fairman's middle name is versatility— also 
Astiman. She came to CE as Judy Ashman seven years 
ago, and has contributed so much to our ministry and 

Now Mrs. Fairman has moved to Winnipeg Bible 
College to share in a ministry with you professor- 
husband. Dr. Rick Fairman, as he joins the faculty 
this fall. 

Thank you, Judy. 

Thank you for helping develop an embryonic SMM 
program into a very stimulating and fresh achieve- 
ment and disciple program for a local church and 
its girls. 

Thank you for getting out there in the districts 
and training ladies and girls to make the program 

Thank you for bringing your special cheer and 
servant's heart into the office and helping with so 
many different areas. 

Thank you for specialized assistance in the youth 
areas, especially each August in the culmination of 
your many detailed lists at national youth conference. 

Judy and Rick Fairman 

Thank you for helping with some of the produc- 
tion steps and coordinating in office after your SMM 
work was done for a day. 

Thank you for your open love for Jesus Christ and 
people, in that order. ■ 

The next time you visit GBC 
Christian Education offices you will 
notice a smoother ride. The ruts, 
holes, and rocks have been replaced 
with fresh asphalt, thanks to Grace 
Brethren teens. The new pavement 
replaces a gravel lot and will pro- 
vide for better snow removal and 
easier parking. 

Grace Brethren teens accepted 
the challenge to pave CE's parking 
lot at the 1982 Brethren National 
Youth Conference. Throughout the 
year. Brethren youth sent offerings 
toward the project for a total of 
$3,051.42. The actual cost of pav- 
ing the I ot was $3,23 1 .00. 

Teenis Pave 

The CE staff and board thank 
Grace Brethren youth for giving a 

new and needed look to our park- 
ing lot. ■ 

— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

'As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
' word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 



President: Margie Devan 
First Vice President: Althea Miller 
Second Vice President: Triceine Custer 
Secretary: Florence Lesh 
Assistant Secretary: Virginia Sellers 
Financial Secretary Treasurer: 

Joyce Ashman 
Ass't. Financial Secretary Treasurer: 

Donna Miller 
Literature Secretary: Betty Hall 
Editor: Nora Macon 
Prayer Chairman: Debbie Adams 

Jftssionary JSirfMays 


(If no address is listed, check the July /August 1983 issue of Foreign 
Missions ECHOES.; 


Jeffrey Robinson 

November 5, 1970 


Rev. Edward Miller November 1 1 

Mrs. Cleo Johnson November 20 


Mrs. Jean Austin November 8 

Adam Kuns November 11, 1973 

Mrs. Nelly Kammler November 16 

Rev. Bob Belohlavek November 24 

Mrs. Ruth Vnasdale November 29 

Rev. Howard Immel November 30 


Marc DeArmey November 8, 1973 

Luc DeArmey November 17, 1974 

Mrs. Carolyn Nord November 17 

c/o Centre Missionnaire, 50 rue des Galibouds, 

73200- Albertville, FRANCE 

David DeArmey November 24, 1979 

Rev. Peter Peer November 29 


Thomas Pappas November 14, 1979 


Peter Schrock November 6, 1974 


Mrs. Freda Kliever November 12 

Rev. Donald Miller November 13 

c/o P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Rev. Hill Maconaghy November 25 


Offering ©pportunity 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 

Goal: $9,000 

Send before December 10, 1983 

Vehicle to be used for church planting at the 

Navajo Mission 




The President's Report 

by Miriam Pacheco 

Retiring National \NMC President 

It's been so good to share this week with all of 
you. The times of fellowship, sharing in God's Word 
and challenge before us for missions has been such a 
fitting culmination of the past year's studies. 

Love with open arms— not walls; love with com- 
passion—not contempt; love with an accepting spirit- 
not pious pride. God's love that can be ours when we 
allow the Holy Spirit to produce it in us. 

This week also ends national WMC's forty-fourth 
year! Each of those forty-four years has shown 
growth and accomplishment. Each of these forty-four 
years has been a demonstration of God's grace and 
His abundant supply. Have there been discourage- 
ments? Yes. Have there been problems? Of course. 
But even through those hard times, the Lord con- 
tinued to faithfully provide the strength and wisdom 
to carry on. 

It was my privilege last March to speak to the pas- 
tors and their wives at the Home Missions Workshop. 
My assigned topic was "Reproducing Mission-Minded 
Women." Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experi- 
ence with a delightful topic. 

As I thought and prayed and gathered information 
for the presentation, my excitement increased and 
my commitment was renewed. WMC's purpose is 
valid! The way we carry out our purpose is definitely 
a needed resource! Our ministry to and through 
Grace Brethren women will achieve results now and 
in eternity! 

One of the reasons looking back over the 44 years 
was so exciting, was seeing how the ladies who set the 
policies were so dependent on wisdom from the Lord. 
Mrs. Homer Kent, Sr., was the first national presi- 
dent. Her observation during that first year was pub- 
lished in the Herald. I quote: 

Several months have passed since we stepped 
out upon faith to undertake a new ministry for 
our Lord. We began in an unpretentious man- 
ner, yet so much has already transpired. We 
cannot help but witness the hand of blessing 
upon our efforts. We began with no financial 
endowment— in fact, we began with a very 
loose organization. But these very facts have 
thrust us upon Him to clear each step of the 
way. We have His inexhaustible grace as our 
endowment, and what more could any child 
of God need? 

Forty-four years later, it's still true. "What more 
could any child of God need?" 

God's abundant supply has been evident in so 
many areas of WMC, but the one area where records 

are readily available is offerings. 

Now listen to this and praise the Lord. 

Our financial records show figures designated for 
certain projects in all years but six of the earliest 
years of WMC, and they give a thrilling illustration of 
God's fantastic supply. 

Foreign Missions project offerings have totaled 
more than $168,000. In addition to that, two more 
offerings aided Foreign Missions. The figure of 
$154,000 has come in since 1953 for the Missionary 
Birthday offering. This is given to Foreign Missions in 
honor of our Birthday Missionaries-several ladies 
chosen each year according to their years of service. 

The amount of $40,000 has been given to help 
with the upkeep and furnishings of the Missionary 

Home Missions projects total is over $168,000. In 
addition, a separate offering, the "Thank Offering," is 
for the Jewish work and the total is now $187,592. 

Christian Education project offerings have totaled 
$69,461. This figure includes the amount given to the 
Sunday School board when it was a separate organi- 

Grace Schools offerings have completed projects 
worth over $121,000. 

Offerings to provide the operating funds for 
national WMC have totaled about $153,700. 

On top of all this, projects paid for by district and 
local WMC's-we call them "specials"-have totaled 
more than $262,500. 

The grand total for these last 44 years is well over 

Amen? I'll say to you what our pastor said to the 
congregation at a service with special praise emphasis. 
"If you feel like saying Amen, go right ahead. It 
won't bother God. It may bother the Brethren, but it 
won't bother God." 

All those figures are just the money that has come 
through national WMC books. Some of your local 
groups and district groups, too, have given directly to 
projects within your own areas. Many of you have 
given personally to missionaries. So the $1,351,000 
total is still not complete. 

Plus, there's no way to calculate all the time, ma- 
terials, and love put into bandages, quilts, baby lay- 
etts, toys, meals. Missionary Residence supplies, SMM 
awards and assistance. The list goes on and on. 

Most of you could recite the list, too, so why am I 
saying all this? To remind us of how GOOD our God 
is to us! To encourage each one of us to allow the 
Lord to use us more and more. 

Something else I told them at the workshop was 
that we want to keep challenging WMC women to be 
farsighted and deep-reachers. Seeing more and more 

(Continued on page 27) 


Conference Pen Pointers 


1 . Read and study the Bible regularly. 

2. Be a faithful prayer warrior. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Ctirist") 

3. Active In Evangelism. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Ctirist") 

4. Encourage increased interest in SMM or aid in the establishment of 
SMM in your local church. 

5. Give regulariy to WMC — tinne, talent, and money as the Lord leads 
and prospers. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Working in My Cliurch") 

6. Support regular family devotions. 

(See Pen Pointer, "What is WMC?") 
Use of Daily Devotions is suggested. 


1 . Honor those reading the entire Bible within a year. 

2. Recognize the SMM at a district WMC program. Encourage girls' par- 
ticipation In Little Princess and Giri of the Year Contest. 

3 Use BRETHREN talent when available and support BRETHREN 

4. Send District Newspaper to National President, National Editor, and 
District Editors. 

5. Sponsor at least one project, said project should be cleared through 
the National First Vice President, Althea Miller, to avoid duplication. 
The project may be kept within the district, but the National First 
Vice President should be advised for completion of her report. 

6. Send all district offerings for National Brethren worlds to the National 
WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman. 

7. Contribute an annual freewill offering, to be used as the committee 
in charge sees the need, toward furnishing and repair of the Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Residence at Winona Lal<e, Indiana. Send to the 
National WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman. 

8. Pay the District President's expenses to National Conference. 

9. Give financial assistance, so that the district SMM Patroness may 
attend National Conference, and/or the National Seminar for District 

10. Contribute annually to the National WMC Operation and Publication 
Expenses. Send to the National WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, 
Joyce Ashman. Send By September 10th. 


1 . Observe a special time of prayer on the 15th day of each month. 

(Pen Pointer, "How To" and "Through the Years") 

2. Emphasize prayer for BSLV members, for district youth who made 
decisions for full time Christian service. 

3. Support district rallies and projects. 

4. Contribute to Major Offerings: 

(Piease send all money to the National WMC Financial 
Secretary, Joyce Ashman, USING the proper offering slip 
from the Treasurer's sheet in the Program Packet. MAKE 

a. September, October, November 
HOME MISSIONS - Goal $9,000.00 
Send before December 10lh. 

PLEASE NOTE: This offering period is during Thanksgiving 
season, so also send in your . . . 


We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a year per member. NOTE: 
Send before December 10. 

b. December, January, February 
GRACE SCHOOLS - Goal $10,000.00. 
Send before March lOlh. 

■ NOTE: Since SMM is the heart of WMC ... 


(SMM Girlof-the-year Scholarship and sponsorship of Director of 
SMM — Christian Education Department.) We suggest a 
minimum of $1.50 a year per member. 
NOTE: Send before March 10th. Goal $7,000.00. 

c. March April, May 

FOREIGN MISSIONS - Goal $10,000.00. 
Send before June 10lh. 

BIRTHDAY OFFERING to be received during the year toward the 
'- support of the WMC BIRTHDAY MISSIONARIES honoring the 
years of service. We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a year per 

Send before June 10th. 

1. Mrs. Howard (June) Immel — C.A.R. 

2. Mrs. Bob (Denise) Skeen - C.A.R. 

3. Mrs. Norm (Claudia) Schrock — Puerto Rico 

4. Mrs. Earle (Dorothy) Hodgdon — Brazil 

5. Mrs. Eddie (Linda) Mensinger — C.A.R. 

d. June, July, August 


Goal $10,000.00 

NOTE: Send before September 10th. 

5. Encourage the reading of the following books, which may be pur- 
chased from the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

a. "FOR WOMEN ONLY" by Evelyn R. Petersen and J. Allan 
Petersen (Tyndale House), $5.95 

b. "JOHN AND BEHY STAM: A Story of Triumph" by Mrs. Howard 
Taylor (Moody Press); $5.95 

6. USE BRETHREN talent when available and SUPPORT BRETHREN 
WORKS. SUPPORT SMM. (See Pen Pointer "Working in My 
Church. ") 




7. Aid in expenses, if possible, of local president or representative to 
attend eacfi district meeting and National WMC Conference. 

8. Elect officers in April or May to assume tfieir duties in September. 
Ttie National and District Annual Reports compiled by tfie retiring 
local president must be in the hands of the district president by June 
15. 1984. Seating of the delegates at National Conference is per- 
missible only if annual report is returned. 

9. Keep membership cards current. (See Pen Pointer, "How To"). 
The membership chairman is responsible for giving her card to any 
member transferring to another council, and see that a new member 
receives and signs a membership card when she joins the local 
council. (These cards are available from the National Literature 
Secretary Betty Hall.) 

1 0. Read and use Pen Pointers. (These and other WMC LITERATURE 
SECRETARY, Betty Hall, Box 711, Winona Lake, IN 46590. (See 
order blank enclosed in program packet.) 

PEN POINTERS available: 
Officer Set - 

Member Set — 

How To in WtvIC 
Pattern for WMC 
Ways and Means 

What is WMC? 
Women Manifesting Christ 
Working in My Church 
Beyond Our Borders 
Home Frontiers 

What is WMC? — Pocket Size 

How To Begin a WMC 


(Continued from page 25) 

that needs to be done and reaching deeper and deeper 
into the pockets of your talents, finances, and conn- 

Much has been accomplished, but there is so much 
ahead that needs to be done. And that is not a state- 
ment of despair, it's one of adventure and antici- 

Don't say "Now what needs to be done. Lord?" 
Say, "Lord, now what needs to be donel" 

You know I love to get mail. I've told you that be- 
fore. This letter from a WMC president just made my 
day when it arrived. She wrote: "Our project was a 
nursery rocking chair for another Home Missions 
church in our district. Even though we're a mission 
church ourselves, we want to be giving to others, too." 

Some other ladies have written saying they want 
to really stress missions in their local councils. That's 
beautiful music to our ears. They want to become 
more involved in knowing about and helping our mis- 

Is this a coincidence? At this time when there are 
so many young people responding to the needs on 
foreign fields, and the "Abundant Harvest" effort is 
yielding a great crop? / think not! God's timing is 
always right and produces great things through will- 
ing hearts and hands. 

I challenge each of you to evaluate your commit- 
ment to missions— first, your personal commitment. 

by Shirley Stevens 
Lake Odessa, Michigan 

Agnes doesn't think her hands are pretty. 
But they are! 

Agnes is 85 years young and has been a 
member of our church for 73 years. She has 
been active in WMC for over 40 years. When- 
ever the church doors are open, Agnes is 

Several times when we sat together at 
prayer meeting, she would comment on her 
hands. "See, what old, wrinkled hands I 
have." She would compare her hands to mine 
and bemoan the fact that her hands were no 
longer wrinkle free or smooth. 

After one such conversation with her, I 
thought about her hands. I wondered how 
many diapers they had changed (she has two 
children), how many tears they had wiped 
from childish eyes, how many floors they had 
swept, how many jars of fruit and vegetables 
they had canned, how many times they had 
wrung in anquish over a sick child or loss of a 
loved one, how many times they had been 
folded in prayer. Agnes is a prayer warrior. 

Yes, Agnes' hands are old, but her skin is a 
fine patina of age— they remind me of a fine 
old painting by one of the masters. 

"No, Agnes, your hands are not ugly. They 
may be old, but they are still beautiful hands." 
They are the hands of a woman who has 
worked hard and prayed much. They are 
caring hands, loving hands, and helping 
hands— hands that someday the Master will 
take into His when she meets Him face to 
face— the One who she loves and serves. ■ 


and then your local council's involvement. There is 
usually room for improvement, especially in the area 
of our willingness to practice sacrificial living for 
God's glory. 

We are His, 

Our time is His, 

Our money is His, 

Our talents are His. 

Each day we should be learning more of the joy 
and peace of allowing Him complete control of what 
is already His. 

(Continued next month) 

i WMC SEPTEMBER ■82 ^ i i 

Caring for Kids 

In 1975 the United States Congress passed 
Public Law 94-142 which states that "all chil- 
dren must be taught in the least restrictive en- 
vironment." The law clarifies that public 
schools must provide appropriate and ade- 
quate education for any qualified child, 
including all handicapped children. The intent 
of the law was not to segregate educable 
mentally retarded children (EMR), but to in- 
clude them in a productive educational envir- 

While applauding Congress for an aggressive 
step, the academic community has also had to 
take aggressive steps to meet the need that has 
developed in adequately training teachers. 

Mary Ann Makofka (junior from 
New Holland Grace Brethren 
Church), with students David 
Pacheco and Cari Howie in a local 
school's gifted and talented pro- 
gram. The children had made rub- 
bings from cornerstones of build- 
ings in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Grace College is a forerunner in Christian edu- 
cation in providing the foundation to assist 
teachers in training to meet the challenge of 
educable mentally retarded students. The 
visiting evaluation team of the North Central 
Association stated that our EMR program is 




one of the strengths of the teacher education 

All elementary education majors are re- 
quired to take Introduction to Special Edu- 
cation and log five hours per semester in a 
working situation with EMR students, those 
with learning disabilities and gifted children as 

The nearby Cardinal Learning Center and a 

Anita Sellers (senior), daughter of 
Pastor and Mrs. Richard Sellers of 
Wooster, Ohio, working with stu- 
dents in the resource room for 
children with learning disabilities. 

close working relationship with the local 
school system have provided our teacher edu- 
cation program with priceless opportunities. 
Grace students provided Cardinal Center and 
Warsaw public schools with over 200 volun- 
teer hours of assistance in addition to any re- 
quired time. 

The community views Grace College as a 
definite resource to assist in the development 
of children and young people with special 
needs. Approximately 10 percent of the stu- 
dents in America have special needs, and the 
desire of this recognized program at Grace 
College is to assist them in developing a self- 
concept by showing them God's love and 
that someone cares. ■ 



Grace Receives 
Cost Reduction Award 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace 
Schools, Winona Lal<e, Indiana, announced 
that an innovative program to reduce campus 
operating costs has brought Grace College and 
Seminary special recognition. 

Grace saved over $15,000 last year by in- 
stalling customized inside thermal window 
units by purchasing extruded vinyl stock and 
a truckload of double-strength glass and by 
employing temporary staff. A double-hung, 
slider, or removable stationary thermal 
window was installed depending on the type 
of existing window. Under the direction of 
Mr. Duane Helmick, the program is an energy 
efficient step that will save Grace Schools 
over $15,000 per year in heating costs. 

Grace Schools was one of forty-three win- 
ners in the eighth annual Cost Reduction In- 
centive Awards Program, sponsored jointly by 
the National Association of College and Uni- 
versity Business Officers (NACUBO) and the 
United States Steel Foundation (USSF). Total 
savings on those campuses last year were over 
$4 million. ■ 




Where is the Pursuing Priorities 

How is the Pursuing Priorities Campaign 

How can I help the Pursuing Priorities 

Keep an eye on the Brethren 

Missionary Herald and keep the 

Pursuing Priorities Campaign in 

your prayers. We will 

accomplish these Priorities 


Attention Church Choir Directors 

Could you use help in locating good music for your choir? In answer to an SOS from a 
busy choir director in Florida, I sent a packet of sample anthems I have used in church and 
college ensembles, selected according to what I understood to be his needs. The cost to him 
was the return postage for the packet. With the return of this music was this note: 

Dear Prof . Ogden, 

Thanks so much for the packet of music you sent me. It was a big help. You 
wouldn't believe the amount of time I spend looking for choir anthems. It is so 
hard to find music that is (1) good quality, (2) simple enough for our choir, and 
(3) accessible to the congregation. The music you sent was exactly what I needed. 


As a service to your church from Grace College, I would be happy to offer you the same 
help if you will drop me a note of request. You may want to indicate your special needs. 
Thanks for letting us be of assistance. 

Don Ogden, Chairman 
Music Department 

Grace College 

200 Seminary Drive 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 





Grace College Senior Cathy 
Misner Simms is sinown with 
Dr. Bruce Alcorn, chairman 
of the Teacher Education De- 
partment, receiving the North 
Atlantic WMC Christian Edu- 
cation Scholarship. Cathy is 
from the Grace Brethren 
Church of York, Pennsylvania. 
She and her husband, Scott, 
live in Warsaw, Indiana. 


Mike Brubaker was inad- 
vertently omitted from the 
graduation list appearing in 
the June issue of the Herald. 
A member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, he graduated 
from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary with a Master of Divin- 
ity degree. 




In Memory of : 

Ruth Fuqua Lawrie 
A. Roll in Sandy 
Jason Vance 

Hilda Younkin 

Given by : 

Laura Hall 

The Sandy Family 

Co-workers at Patuxent Wildlife 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 


In Memory of : Given by : 

IVIrs. Paul Wease Altruist Class 

(Hospitaliza tionj 

Living JVJemoriaJs, 

200 Seminary Drive, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 





Your gifts to the Herald Ministries made "The Great Heraldl 
Pay-Off the Heidelberg Press Debt Program" a success. Thei 
debt has been paid off thanks to you! 

Remember the goal for publications is $5.00 per member^ 
for 1983. If each person would give $5.00 to the Brethren) 
Missionary Herald through their local church, a growing,; 
world-wide publication ministry would be assured. 

Again thanks! 

Charles W. Turner for 
Herald Ministries 


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Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 


Another annual conference 
has come and gone and all 
have returned home to their 
local responsibilities. It was a 
conference of good fellowship 
and outstanding messages. The 
dedication of such a large 
group of new candidates for 
the foreign mission fields was 
an outstanding event. The 
Two-Year Study Committee 
became a Three-Year one, but 
that should come as no sur- 
prise—we Brethren tend to do 
all things in "threes." Difficult 
business sessions were in good 
hands with Dr. Homer A, Kent 
as the moderator. When the 
bags were packed, everyone 
went home with a bit of 
mixed feelings, but, in many 
ways, it was a highly typical 
annual meeting. 

Browsing through the 
sessions, minutes and reports 
can bring smiles of satisfaction 
and moments of pause. 

Probably the numbers on the 
statistical report were of the 
most personal concern to the 
careful reader. We have to 
wonder if we spent our time 
on the most grave problem 
that faces the Fellowship— it 
might be the lack of appeal for 
our churches within and 
without. We have a large 
number of people who are 
leaving the church . . . some 
move to places where there is 
no Grace Brethren Church; 
others have left the church, 
but they have never moved 
from their homes. The net 
increase in membership for 
1982 was 325 people. This 
does not add up to an increase 
of one new member for 
the churches reporting. This 
net growth of members is 
probably one of the lowest in 
the history of the Grace Breth- 
ren Fellowship. There will be 
many answers set forth to give 
as an explanation why this 
happened. I trust we will find 
some reasons to get growing 


During the past several 
years, we have fixed our eyes 
on some doctrinal discussions 
that do need our attention. I 
attend a large number of 
district functions throughout 
the year and hear many hours 
of discussions on these issues. 
Rarely do I hear discussion 
about the internal problems of 
the church and its growth. It is 
difficult to remember a time 
when so many of our pastors 
are resigning without definite 
future plans. Churches are 
hurting, and pastors are hurting 
as well in these difficult times 
of uncertainty. 

The churches of our Fellow- 
ship can stand some study 
committee time, but there is 
an urgency to minister to 
individual needs and to the 
needs of their communities. 

The local base, as I have 
tried to say during the last 
several years, is in need of 
attention. That attention must 
come quickly as financial and 
spiritual needs press in upon 
it. On a national level, we are 
seeing great strides being 
made in the extension of the 
Gospel and those trends of 
forward-movement never 
appeared brighter. However, 
signs of slow-growth and no- 
growth continue to mount on 
the local level. A study of the 
past ten years shows this trend 
is a continual one. 

The call to become 
occupied with the message of 
hope through Christ is a vital 
need that must be emphasized. 
We need churches and pastors 
with heads full of the Bible 
and hearts filled with a glow 
to preach its truth! If we do 
not have both of these 
elements, 325 net new 
members will look good by 
comparison. Let's get going to 
growing again! 






Vol. 45 No. 10 October 1983 

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Grace Brethren Boys: 

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Grace Brethren Men: 
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Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Light and Salt in the Business World 

7 Grace Brethren Foreign iVIissions Presents 
1983 IVIission Church of the Year 

8 Language School: Candor or Communication 

11 The Short -Staffed, Empty-Handed Missionary 

12 ". . . And the People Had a Mind to Work" 

15 Suffering 

16 Ten GBHMC Pastors Recognized 

17 Touching Lives for Christ in the East 
20 Winners 

22 What Happened at Brethren National Youth 

Conference? A Lot . . . 

24 The President's Message, Part II 

26 My Mother's Hands 

28 New Additions to Grace Schools' Faculty 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 27 • 

reported in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Home Missions Council launches 
Jewisfi work, and Rev. and IVlrs. Bruce 
Button were tine leaders in represent- 
ing the Brethren Church in witnessing 
to the Jewish people. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1958 

Anaheim, California, dedicated 
their new building. The pastor was 
Rev. Forest Lance, and IVlax Fluke was 
the foreman of the job for the Breth- 
ren Construction Company. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

Big Valley Grace Community 
Church was named by the Chris- 
tian Education Department as the 
"Church of the Year." The pastor was 
David Seifert. 


Dear Brother Pifer, 

My greetings to you and yours in the 
name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Just a word to thank you for your excel- 
lent articles in the August Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald, "Soul Winning, a Bottom Line 
in Church Planting." Apparently we have 
both noticed a decline in personal soul- 
winning ministry. It almost seems like many 
Christians (including pastors) are offended 
by the term "soul-winning." I'm sure they 
believe in what we should be doing, but 

It has long been my concern that too 
many of us get caught up in more respectable 
terms such as discipleship, nurture, witness 
(all great ministries), but "where-it-all- 
happens-evangelism" is neglected. I pray for 
a change; I sense a change.—/^ denomina- 
tional director of Home Missions and Evan- 

COVER PHOTO: Grace Village resi- 
dents at Winona Lake, Indiana, gathered 
on the front lawn for this picture. 
(Photo by Sherwood Durkee) 




by Carolyn Robinson 

Come with us, deep below the Equator, past the humid jungles, the Indian villages, and the 
beautiful Iguazu waterfalls. Ah, the skyscrapers, the thousands of high-rise apartment buildings, 
the Obelisk, resplendently guarding that famous avenue, 9 de Julio— the widest in the world, they 
say. The Queen City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, also known as the City That Never Sleeps, 
where one can find most luxury items and where inflation still runs in the hundreds of percents 
per year. 

The Grace Brethren Church in Argentina with its 18 churches throughout the country, is made 
up of people from all walks of life. Through this interview we present one of our young couples 
who last year moved from the interior of the country to Buenos Aires where they continue to 
serve their Lord and Saviour. 

Meet Jorge and Pola Nunez and listen to what Jorge has to say about their relationship to Jesus 

Would you describe your lives before finding 
Jesus Christ? 

Our backgrounds are very different and 
have run opposite courses; however, God be- 
gan guiding our steps and now together we 
walk the path that we believe He has laid out. 

Pola was born into a home rooted in deep 
religious beliefs. Educated in a Catholic 
school, she grew up receiving teaching essen- 

tially based on the dogmas and traditions of 
the Roman Catholic Church. Even so, God's 
Word, which she read much during this stage 
of her life, planted questions in her mind 
which her own religion couldn't satisfy. With- 
out any doubt, God was preparing her life for 
a great change which would occur at the age 
of twelve. 

Sure enough, at that age in an opportunity 



in the Business World 

which came to accompany a girlfriend to an 
evangelical Christian church in the city of Rio 
Cuarto, Christ's message came into her life. In 
that campaign there were only two converts, 
that of an alcoholic and this young girl of 
twelve, apparently little fruit. But the seed 
gave forth its fruit and the Gospel was her 
foundation as she grew and today is a 24-year- 
old woman and wife. 

Pola's conversion caused different reactions 
in her family. On one hand, it was a step that 
caused her mother to make a decision for 
Christ; but, on the other, it brought about a 
great negative reaction in her father. His op- 
position was total, but the prayers of the 
whole family for more than six years caused 
the power of God to be manifested; and, after 
hard trials, he gave his life to Christ. Now he 
is in heaven, resting in our Lord's arms. 

During this time, life for me was a series of 
different circumstances. Born in a Christian 
home, I was instructed in the things of the 
Lord from the beginning. However, the time 
would come when I must personally assume 
my responsibility before God. After going 
through a difficult period in which physical 
problems greatly affected my childhood, I 
faced the necessity of making a decision for 
Christ. It was at the age of fourteen, and it 
ultimately resulted in my joining our beloved 
Grace Brethren Church. Thinking back on my 
first steps of faith, I am reminded of the one 
who was my spiritual guide, Juan Colle, still 
a faithful pastor in the Grace Brethren Church. 

How did the two of you meet and ultimately 

Evidently, God had worked in two small 
lives that are still in the process of being com- 
pleted. So it was that a few years after our 
conversions, and in our church, we had the 
opportunity to meet. We both were studying 
at the university, and during this time our 
feelings for each other matured which resulted 
in our marriage. In 1983, we celebrated our 
fourth wedding anniversary. 

You just mentioned that you both studied in 
the university. In what did you receive your 
degrees and what were your objectives in 
studying that particular course? 

We both decided to study in the university 
and receive our degrees in the area of economic 
sciences. Thus, Pola completed her studies, re- 

From different backgrounds, now Pola and Jorge's 
lives grow together for the glory of God. 

ceiving the CPA title; while, in my case, I re- 
ceived my degree in business administration. 

We are aware that in order to serve in the 
Lord's work. He not only prepares His chil- 
dren in theological seminaries. He also permits 
them to acquire secular knowledge in order 
that they can be beneficial to their church. At 
the same time, they can be "light and salt" in 
the secular world, which, in our case, is the 
professional and business administrators, who 
need Christ, too. With this conviction we be- 
gan and completed our university studies. 

(Continued on page 6) 



To reach the Argentine business community with the 
good news of Christ is the goal of Jorge. 

(Continued from page 5) 

At the present time, how are you accomplish- 
ing these objectives? 

At this time, we find ourselves in the city 
of Buenos Aires where we are assisting with 
the work of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Don Bosco. Apart from our responsibilities in 
this church, we are using our professional 
abilities in various areas. Pola, in addition to 
her responsibility as a housewife, uses her pro- 
fession as a CPA in some Christian organiza- 
tions. For my part, after having worked as as- 
sistant professor in the university and using 
my professional services in a steel (metalur- 
gical) company, I am now working as the 
financial director of a firm associated with 
Agriculture Products Department of our 
country. I also coordinate activities of the 
Evangelical Christian Business Administrators 
Association of Buenos Aires, through which 
we endeavor to spread the gospel message in 
this important social circle of this great city. 

Jorge, since you have mentioned the Argen- 
tine professional and business world, what 
picture can you give us of it? 

Of course, I could say a lot, focusing on 
this from different points of view. Even 
though my experience is not as extensive as 
others, it permits me to give at least a reflec- 
tion. The business world in Argentina is made 
up of executives and professionals possessing 
a high degree of capability. In spite of the 
problems that for years have plagued the 
social-economic system of our country, the 
capability of the Argentine professionals and 
businessmen is widely recognized, so much 
so that in these days many of them have im- 
portant functions in the exterior. Even so, as 
is found all over the world, in spite of the 
high quality of intellectual and professional 
development, the great spiritual need remains 
the same. 

Generally, the conditions in which the busi- 
nessman lives, gives him a concept of self- 
sufficiency which separates him from God's 
truths. And in our country, unfortunately, 
with such a need, the proclamation of the 
Gospel has not, in an effective way, reached 
this section which so greatly needs it. Al- 
though there are many brothers in Christ who 
use their high professional positions to reach 
their colleagues with their testimony, the pro- 
fessional and business environment in Argen- 
tina remains one of the most needy areas for 
the gospel message. This is a real personal 
challenge to me. 

Having reviewed these experiences which 
we have lived in our short existence, without 
a doubt there rises in us a feeling of gratitude 
for what God has done for us. Also, founded 
on these past blessings, we are assured that He 
will help us confront the challenges that are 
before us. The Psalmist has expressed what 
has been and will be our prayer: "Commit thy 
way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he 
shall bring it to pass" (Ps. 37:5). ■ 




Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 



of tftie 

Choosing one Grace Brethren Mis- 
sion Church of the Year is not an easy 
task. Our committee of judges weighed 
every factor carefully. 

It was extremely encouraging to see that 
our churches are vitally interested in promot- '^T ^-^ ^^ .^^ 
ing foreign missions and that there are some ex- -^ W^MM'M. 
citing ideas to be shared with one another through 
this means. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions would like to 
congratulate this year's Mission Church of the Year, 
the Grace Brethren Church of La Verne, California, its 
pastor. Rev. Dave Belcher, and its Mission Chairman, 
Mrs. Vivian Ruiz! 

In this church of 149 members, interest and involve- 
ment in foreign missions is alive and growing. 

The La Verne church emphasizes personal involve- 
ment with missions. For example, every month the six 
adult classes write to six different missionaries they 
"adopt" for that month. They learn about and pray 
regularly for their missionary. 

The church participates 
enthusiastically in the 
GBFMS Personalized Support 
Plan. It also promotes a 
Faith Promise Plan for mis- 
sions which effectively keeps 
the needs and opportunities 
before the people. 

An active missions com- 
mittee meets regularly. A 
missions policy is under de- 
velopment Children are ef- 
fectively involved in missions 
activities. Each week missions 
is emphasized. 

Pastor Belcher sees that 
every available means is used 
to promote missions, includ- 
ing conferences, sermons, 
films, and programming. We 
were impressed with the con- 
tinual missions emphasis that 
characterizes the La Verne 
Grace Brethren Church. 

It is apparent that it is a 
year-round concentration on 
the part of this congregation, 

not a seasonal one. 
An excellent scrapbook filled with 
photos, literature, and maps was sub- 
mitted with the church's questionnaire. 
It presented the various missions activities 
of the church in a very attractive and crea- 
tive way. 
In recognition of this achievement, GBFMS 
is pleased to present the church a plaque and 
$1,000 to be used toward expenses of the pastor 
in visiting a Grace Brethren mission field. 
Thank you, members of the La Verne Grace 
Brethren Church, for your vital interest and support of 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Honorable mention goes to the following churches 
for their excellent entries and missions emphasis: Bethel 
Brethren Church, Berne, Indiana; Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, California; Worthington Grace 
Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio; Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Maryland; and Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Cali- 

We see the real value of 
this program to be that of the 
sharing of ideas and the 
heightening of interest in 
what each local church can 
do. We expect to publicize 
many of these ideas through 
our publications. 

Now is the time to begin 
collecting ideas, pictures, and 
information for your church's 
entry into the 1984 Mission 
Church of the Year contest. 
It's a great opportunity to 
share with others what your 
church is doing for the cause 
of missions. 

As always, Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions thanks each 
person, group, and church 
who supports our mission as 
we attempt to fulfill the 
Great Commission. ■ 

Pastor Dave Belcher (right) re- 
ceives the award from Rev. 
Wendell Kent. 



Doing much homework each day became routine. 


Candor on Communication 

Mary Hannah, Dan and Nancy 

by Nancy Green 

On Friday, August 13, 1982 
Dan and I arrived in Sao Paulo 
Brazil, with our one-year-old daugh 
ter, Mary Hannah. As of that day 
we were two weeks late for Ian 
guage school. The director of the 
school allowed us, along with two 

other couples, to start our course of 
study late with the intention that 
we would be caught up with our 
class by mid-term of the first 

Tim and Sandy Farner traveled 
to Campinas two days before our 
arrival to locate housing for us, 
then met us at the airport in Sao 
Paulo. We spent the weekend with 

them in Uberlandia, giving us the 
opportunity to meet the believers 
there. By Sunday night, after sitting 
through the morning church ser- 
vice, a ladies' Bible study in the 
afternoon and an evening church 
service, my brain was exhausted by 
the onslaught of a language I did 
not understand. 

On Monday, Tim traveled with 




us back to Campinas so that he 
could help us buy the bare essen- 
tials to set up housekeeping. 
Barbara Hulse was on furlough until 
January, so we had the use of her 
car. By Tuesday night, we were 
moved into our home with the 

married. Dan called potato soup, 
"cockroach soup"; and said the 
the seasons of the year are spring, 
summer, autumn, and "hell." And 
the list goes on. At times I thought 
I couldn't handle one more person 
laughing at my mistakes. 

The Greens are now ministering in Brasilia with the Norm Johnsons. 

realization that the next morning 
we would begin our Portuguese 

We spent the first two weeks of 
school studying phonetics, hoping 
that by graduation we would sound 
more like Brazilians than Ameri- 
cans. We weren't loaded down with 
homework, so we began to think 
that school wasn't so bad after all. 

After about three weeks of 
school, studies became much more 
difficult as our teachers pushed us 
to catch up with the rest of our 
class. I reached a point when I 
thought my brain was so saturated 
that it couldn't absorb one more ir- 
regular verb or one more verb tense. 
I lost track of how many times I 

Along the way we made our 
share of mistakes exhanging words 
that sounded the same to us, but 
that were vastly different. I remem- 
ber calling shrimp Creole, "truck 
Creole"; saying our neighbor's small 
farm was a "cup"; and I was 
"tired" when I meant to say I was 

The frustrations during those 
early days didn't always come from 
language study, but crept into our 
lives amidst the daily normal activi- 
ties. For example, we had no idea 
how much a Brazilian home could 

I'm not sure exactly 

when or how it 

happened, but one day I 

realized that I really did 

like living here. 

echo. It was impossible for Dan and 
me to carry on a conversation or 
even ask a question of the other 
without being in the same room. 
Otherwise, our words were too 
blurred to understand. How easy it 
was to get irritated. 

And then we kept waiting for a 
telephone bill to arrive in the mail. 
We couldn't figure out why it did 
not come. Then one day our phone 
was cut off. Why didn't someone 
tell us we had to go to the bank to 
pay our telephone bill? 

It seems like no matter what we 
needed to do, there was always a 
mountain of paper work to fill out, 

One day we bought an item, and 
later we needed to return it. At the 
store we were politely told, "We 
can't refund your money, but you 
can exchange the item for another 
item of equal value." What? That 
couldn't be possible. At home we 
could always get our money back. 
We soon discovered that this was 
the policy in all stores and that the 
world isn't oriented to the con- 
sumer here. 

We went to Uberlandia for four 
days for field council meeting and 
our home was robbed while we 
were gone. When we returned, 
many people told us that we should 
never leave our home without hav- 
ing someone housesit. Why didn't 
they ask us before we left if we had 
someone staying in our home? 

The list grew longer as we found 
ourselves at times irritable, frus- 
trated, fatigued, homesick, and 
even critical. I missed cottage 
cheese, Cheddar cheese, and root 

In mid-September our crates ar- 
rived in the port of Santos, and we 
began the long process of trying to 
satisfy all the necessary require- 
ments for them to be released from 
customs. A little more than four 
months later, the crates were final- 
ly in our hands. 

I'm not sure exactly when or 
how it happened, but one day I 
realized that I really did like living 
here. I was still homesick some, 
but I began to see that my country 
wasn't necessarily better than this 
one. It was just different. We were 
learning to feel at home here, to 
love the people and appreciate their 
way of doing things. And, too, we 
were learning to communicate. 

We still experienced another big 

(Continued on page W) 




23 New Missionaries 
Commissioned at National Conference 

Twenty-three appointees were commissioned on Tuesday, August 2, during national con- 
ference. This is the largest number ever commissioned, for which Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions thanks the Lord! Those commissioned, their field of service, and their date of 
departure are: Trevor and Colleen Craigen, Europe, Fall 1983; Dr. Dave and Karen 
Daugherty, C.A.R., Fall 1983; Kathy (Mrs. Richard) Harrell, Chad, Fall 1983; Dr. Jim 
and Martha Nines, C.A.R., Fall 1983; Clay and Kim Hulett, Philippines, Fall 1983; Buzz 
and Debbie Inboden, Spain, January 1984; Trudy Kauffman, France, Fall 1983; Ed and 
Susan Miller, Brazil, Summer 1984; Patty Morris, France, Fall 1983; Stan and Betty 
Nairn, Argentina, Fall 1983; Chris and Carolyn Nord, France, Fall 1983; Eric and Debbie 
Smith, Philippines, Fall 1983; and John and Soni Viers, France, Fall 1983. ■ 

LANGUAGE SCHOOL: Candor on Communication 

(Continued from page 9j 

frustration. Before we left the 
United States, we were actively in- 
volved in the ministry. Then all of a 
sudden we had to put our commit- 
ment to plant churches and see 
people come to Christ on the back 
burner. After several months, we 
began to worry that we would lose 
our vision for the lost as we waited 
to learn enough vocabulary to share 
the Gospel with Brazilians. 

As I write this, we are ready to 
graduate from language school, and 
by the time you read this, we will 
already be settled in Brasilia, help- 

ing the Norm Johnsons with the 
work there. What we have received 
during this year of study is a good 
solid foundation that we can build 
on as we continue practicing the 
Portuguese language. One of our 
goals is to have a good, solid handle 
on Portuguese by the end of our 
first term. We still have so much 
more to learn. 

There was no way to get around 
our first year as missionaries. We 
had to experience culture shock, 
homesickness, frustration, discour- 
agement, and tears for a reason. We 
are confident that God is using each 
difficult moment to better prepare 

us for our ministry ahead. 

The next two years could well 
be two of the most difficult ones 
we will ever face in our lives. Will 
you pray that we will be teachable 
and always ready to give our best as 
we continue learning how to serve 
our faithful Lord here in Brazil? 

I hope, too, that you now have a 
little insight into how to pray for 
other new missionaries and the 
many adjustments they have to 
make during their first year abroad. 
Remember that being "only in 
language school" is a tremendous 
training ground for their future 
ministry. ■ 





Short- Staff ed, 

Empty- Handed 


by John W. Zielasko 

In Africa everything one does is difficult 
simply because all the services we take for 
granted are just not there. Electricity is only 
available a few hours a day, and then only 
when the mission generator is on. But sup- 
pose it won't run (as is often the case). Then, 
the missionary must fix it if he can and if he 
has the parts and tools. Electricians, repair- 
men, mechanics, to say nothing of hardware 
stores and auto parts outlets are just not avail- 
able. So everything can, and eventually does, 
come to a grinding halt until the proper 
equipment can be ordered, delivered, and as- 

At its peak, Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions had 51 missionaries serving in Africa. 
Today there are 47, yet the work load has in- 
creased significantly, thus placing great strain 
on the time and effectiveness of missionary 
personnel. Only three of the eight districts 
have full-time missionary elders to oversee the 
district and aid in church development. 

The growth of the institutional and station 
ministries multiplies the need for mainte- 
nance—motors and generators need attention. 
Vehicles need repair. The water supply needs 
oversight, to say nothing of the constant up- 
keep requirements of buildings and residences. 

All of these needs cry for the immediate at- 
tention of the missionary and keep him from 
district work or rob him of the time that he 
should be spending in his role as missionary, 
whether that be evangelist, church developer, 
or teacher. 

Personnel is not the only need. Many of the 
positions require tools. It is frustrating indeed 

for a mechanic or a builder to arrive in Africa 
and discover that the tools he needs are either 
not available or have long since worn out. 

Here is a list of personnel and equipment 
needs. The morale and effectiveness of the 
mission team in the C.A.R. will be greatly up- 
lifted if these needs are met. 


Church Developer— missionary to work 
with pastors and churches. Five districts 
are without full-time missionary elders. 

1) organize literacy classes 

2) help pastors with sermon preparation 

3) conduct seminars for pastors and 
church leaders 

4) training and discipling nationals 

Missionary Teachers— teachers are needed 
in several schools 

1) James Gribble High School— teaching 
secular subjects in French to young 

2) Bible Institute— must have a semi- 
nary education; teaching will be in 

3) School of Theology— pastor training; 
M.Div. required; teaching will be in 

4) Seminary— pastor and leadership 
training; Th.M. or doctorate required; 
teaching will be in French and English 

Maintenance and Repairmen— station up- 
keep, engine and generator repair, vehicle 

Builder— to oversee African crew in the 
building of student housing, etc. 

Business Agent 

1 ) Meet flights at airport 

2) Bookkeeping of financial records 

3) Purchasing agent 

4) Government liaison 


1. South Bend lathe, 36" centers with 

2. Heavy duty table saw and extra blades 

3. Auto mechanic's tools 

4) Carpenter's tools 

5) 12" power plane, 4" jointer ■ 




Gary Neumann 
building a porch. 

". . . And the People 

John Elliot moving dirt. 




by Larry and Sylvia Totzke 

East Side Grace Brethren Church 
Columbus, Ohio 

If you asked 38 people from 
East Side Grace Brethren Church in 
Columbus, Ohio, what they did on 
their summer vacation, you would 
probably be surprised at what they 
would tell you. They were not en- 
ticed by an appealing travel bro- 
chure nor promises of the ultimate in 

first-class accommodations. Instead, 
promises of hard work, little sleep, 
and exhaustion were made. But, 
then, the story is getting ahead of 
us. Let's back up to the beginning. 

As with so many of God's pro- 
grams. He begins with a man. In 
this case, the man God chose was 
Paul Hayman, chairman of the 
East Side's Men in Ministry. Paul 
had been influenced by one of his 
longtime friends that planning and 




participating in a church-sponsored 
and funded missionary building 
project would provide long-term 
benefits for both the workers and 
the missionaries. A group of com- 
mitted believers could go and help 
the missionaries by building a 
needed facility or doing repair 
work. In addition to working, these 
people would get to know the mis- 
sionaries and the people they serve. 
As Paul began to dream and 

ranged and specific work projects 
planned. Seven months did not 
seem like enough time to get every- 
thing done. 

During one of the early planning 
meetings, the three men determined 
that this project could only succeed 
with the Lord's guidance and direc- 
tion. They found a portion of His 
guidance in the Old Testament 
book of Nehemiah, from which 
they chose the theme passage,". . . 

Sylvia Totzke and Susan Grosvenor 
sanding and fixing pew hymnal racks. 

pray, he sought Pastor Randy 
Bowman's advice. Randy had spent 
two summers working at the Breth- 
ren Navajo Mission and Boarding 
School (BNM) in Counselor, New 
Mexico. Since he knew Larry 
Wedertz, the superintendent, and 
understood the mission's goals. 
Randy felt that both the mission 
and the East Side people would 
mutually benefit from such an out- 

After Larry Wedertz accepted 
Paul's proposal in October, plan- 
ning began in earnest Paul and two 
other East Side men, Larry Totzke 
and Marv Van Fossen met regularly 
to lay the groundwork for the trip, 
which would take place In June 
1983. Funds had to be raised, 
people recruited, transportation ar- 

And the people had a mind to 
work." This phrase was to charac- 
terize the spirit of the entire project 
now called "Counselor '83." 

To insure that the work effort 
would be as successful as possible, 
continuous communication was es- 
tablished between Columbus and 
Counselor and even included the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions of- 
fice in Winona Lake, Indiana. Dur- 
ing a visit back East, Larry Wedertz 
visited ESGBC and showed slides of 
the mission that vividly portrayed 
much of the work that needed to 
be done. Rev. Ralph Hall, architect 
and secretary for the Brethren 
Building Ministries also visited the 
church to add his professional ex- 
pertise to the planning effort. In 
addition, Pastor Howard Stouffer, 

one of the assistant pastors at East 
Side and a former contractor, 
traveled to Counselor to scout out 
the situation and bring back a first- 
hand report. 

As "Counselor '83" began to 
take shape, the people of East Side 
started to get excited. Although not 
everyone could go on such a trip, 
the entire church got behind the 
effort. People who could not go 
began to pledge money to support 
those who could. Others contrib- 
uted money to purchase supplies 
and materials and others agreed to 
serve as prayer partners for the 
short-term missionaries who would 
be going. 

On April 10, 38 people-17 men, 
10 women, 5 boys from the Ad- 
venturers group of Grace Brethren 
Boys, and 6 children— were com- 
missioned to go to BNM to get 
dirty for the Lord. During the next 
three months, they met on several 
occasions to prepare for their ad- 
venture. At these sessions they dis- 
cussed specifics of the projects in- 
volved; they learned about the 
culture of the Navajos; they were 
organized into work groups and 
they discussed the nitty-gritty of 
such things as transportation, hous- 
ing, food, and what to take along. 
In addition, they studied Nehemiah 
so that they might understand the 
timeless principles by which this 
man lived and worked. 

During this time, also, the group 
was saddened to learn that Hayman 
would not be able to make the trip. 
Paul would undergo a successful 
bypass operation in late April and 
would still be recuperating as the 
trip got underway. His careful and 
thorough planning allowed Totzke 
and Van Fossen to take over the 
leadership and see the project 
through to completion. 

Not only did the people of East 
Side have a mind to work, but they 
also had a mind to be generous. 
Those who went gave up two weeks 
of their summer vacation and most 
of them contributed $325 of their 
own money for travel, lodging, and 
food. In all, more than $14,000 was 
contributed for supplies, material 
and the expenses to get the group 

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(Continued from page 13) 

Chuck Driesbach and Charles Hedges 
pouring cement for a patio. 

to and from New Mexico. 

On Friday, June 17, the siiort- 
term missionaries and numerous 
well wishers descended on the Co- 
lumbus airport. The trip generated 
so much interest throughout the 
congregation that those going were 
truly feeling like missionaries. All 
was ready. "Therefore, we His ser- 
vants will arise and build" (Neh. 

After their long cross-country 
flight and bus ride, the group pulled 
into BNM at 4 a.m. on Sunday. 
Five short hours later the bus 
took the same passengers to the 
Cuba Mountains to participate in a 
Navajo church service. Although 
the service was in Navajo, and the 
Columbus contingent understood 
very little of what was said, it was 
evident that the Navajos sincerely 
loved the Lord and were pleased to 
welcome these believers into their 

On Monday work began. When 
God's people have a mind to work, 
a lot gets done. The workers fanned 
out over the entire mission to ac- 
complish many tasks. 

•They worked inside and out- 
side on the main building, in- 

stalling lavatories in the dormi- 
tories, a mop sink in the kit- 
chen, and a water tank in the 

•They built three porch enclo- 
sures on the various entrances 
to the building and scraped, 
caulked, and painted the entire 

•They worked on several of the 
residences at the mission, 
painting, doing electrical re- 
pair, carpentry, plumbing and 
concrete work. 

•They even built a much-needed 
patio to help control drainage 
and provide an entrance for 
one of the residences. 

• They built a concrete sludge 
drying bed so that the Mis- 
sion's water treatment facility 
could operate more efficiently. 

•They renovated several old 
water fountains and installed 

•They helped to beautify the 
chapel by refinishing the pews. 

•They did numerous other proj- 
ects to help make life easier 
and more comfortable for the 
Mission staff and the students 
they serve. 

The work was hard and the 
weather did not always cooperate. 
The people were rained and hailed 
on and at other times sunburned to 
a crisp. But when they were done, 
they could look back with satis- 
faction on all they had accom- 

"Counselor '83" wasn't all work. 
The BNM staff planned special 
activities including dinners, sight- 
seeing trips, a picnic-prayer service 
on top of a mesa, and a camping 
trip for the boys. 

One of the many highlights of 
the trip came the last evening in 
New Mexico. The Cedar Hill Nava- 
jo Church invited the group to 
dinner during their camp meeting. 
Pastor Tully Butler warmly wel- 
comed the group and thanked them 
for coming to New Mexico to help 
the Navajo Christians. Then Totzke 
took the opportunity to thank the 
Navajos and BNM staff for all 
they had done for the visitors from 
Ohio. He told them that not every- 
one is called into full-time mission- 
ary service, but that the people of 
ESGBC wanted to help those who 

As the group rode back to the 
Mission over those dirt roads, many 
people were deep in thought. Per- 
haps those who came to investigate 
mission careers were thinking of 
how this experience fit into their 
decision-making process. Perhaps 
several of the Brethren Boys were 
thinking about the opportunities 
they had to get to know and work 
with the men or about the evening 
basketball games at the Mission 
with the Navajo boys. And certain- 
ly some were thinking about how 
the Navajo Christians and their life- 
style of hogans and mission schools 
are worlds apart from Ohio cities 
and, yet, how they both share the 
same saving faith in Jesus Christ. 

Since the group's return, the 
East Side congregation has listened 
with great joy to the story of how 
their people grasped the true mean- 
ing of Christian service during those 
two weeks in New Mexico. Now the 
question being heard around the 
church is "Where are we going next 
year?" ■ 




Month CQ 


by Joe Nass, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Lexington, Kentucky 

I recall reading the testimony of 
a believer living in Eastern Europe. 
His views on suffering revealed a 
remarkable depth of insight. He 
said: "We in the East understand 
that suffering may be a sign of 
God's favor and trust in the Chris- 
tian of whom the trial is permitted 
to come." If our perspective was 
like this one, we might find our- 
selves actually getting more out of 
our lives by getting more out of our 

The Word of God deals directly 
with the believer's response to 
trials. Using James 1:2-4 as our 
text, God suggests three things that 
need to be experienced when 
undergoing trials: joy, endurance, 
and maturity. 

When we find ourselves sur- 
rounded by trials, James commands 
us to "consider it all joy." While we 
may not be able to change our situ- 
ation, we can change our responses; 
we can't change the world, but we 
can change our attitude towards it. 
Joy is all there is to making this 

When we do get smacked in the 
face with a trial, our perspective 
often becomes blurred. Our greatest 
need at this time is not the termi- 
nation of the trial, but the wisdom 
necessary for understanding God's 
will. We need to see the momentary 
light affliction in proportion to the 
greatness of God. Verse 5 suggests 
the availability of such wisdom 
which is tailored to suit the needs 
of those undergoing trials. 

It is interesting to note that after 

the Children of Israel left the trials 
of Egypt and entered the wilderness 
with God, they immediately threat- 
ened to go back to Egypt. The 
Chosen People discovered what fol- 
lowing God was all about. They 
found that in between the bondage 
of slavery and the Promised Land 
was a great wilderness. It was be- 
cause of the wilderness, in spite of 
all the promises, all the miracles, all 
the victories, that they were just 
itching to turn their backs on it all 
and return to Egypt. It sounds in- 
credible until we realize that we are 
the same way. After all the deci- 
sions, all the learning, all the com- 
mitments, all the growing, all the 
hardships, we will gladly throw it 
all away and say, "God, here it is, 
take it all, I've had enough." It is 
then that God must remind us to 
"Consider it all joy." 

The next item to be experienced 
while undergoing trials is endurance 
(v. 2). James is referring to the one 
who is not only patient, but who 
approaches the level of being stead- 
fast; one who bites the bullet and 
hangs in there. 

The thing that produces spiritual 
endurance is resistance. Just as 
physical strength is increased 
through resistance, the trials pro- 
duce the needed resistance to de- 
velop spiritual strength. 

Show me a person who is un- 
compromising in their allegiance to 
Christ, and I will show you a person 
who has suffered for his convictions. 
As believers, as Christians, as Breth- 
ren, we are in danger of losing those 
values we hold dear to us having 
never suffered for them. May God 
be pleased to raise up such circum- 

Joe Nass 

stances that the price of victory will 
cost us nothing less than our very 

If endurance is the benefit re- 
ceived from trials, then the out- 
come of such difficulties is maturi- 
ty (1:4). By allowing endurance to 
have full play in our lives, we end 
up "complete, fully developed, and 
lacking in nothing." But experienc- 
ing these results requires that we 
get the most mileage out of our 

Trials ought to produce a new 
depth and maturity of character. 
If we lack depth in a certain area, 
then we may lack a providentially 
designed trial to produce that 
depth. But, remember, it is not the 
trial in itself that is important, it is 
the depth and breadth of character 
which it produces. God does not 
want to see our scars. He wants to 
see our transformed lives. 

A. W. Tozer once said, "It is 
doubtful that God can use a person 
greatly until He has hurt him deep- 
ly." Endurance under trial produces 
a maturity of character in which 
every virtue can be fully developed. 
Those who mature the most, stick 
it out the longest; they endure. 

When the heat is on, there are 
occasions when most of us will flirt 
with the idea of severing a local 
church responsibility, if not to give 
up on the Christian walk entirely. 

In the light of what has just been 
said, I ask you to reconsider. We so 
often run away from the very 
things we most need for our spirit- 
ual maturitv. Discipleship is never 
complete until the believer has 
learned to suffer for biblical con- 
victions (2 Tim. 2:1-3). ■ 


Brian Smith 

Howard Gelsinger 

James Poyner 

Darrell Anderson 


Gary Gnagey 

Sheldon Perrine 

Pastors Recognized 

Ten Home Mission pastors were recognized for outstanding leadership in their 
churches during 1982 at the Harvest Buffet during national conference. Pre- 
sented plaques were: John IVlayes, Longview, Texas; Mark Henning, Albuquerque, 
New Mexico; Darrell Anderson, Placerville, California; Jannes 
Poyner, Port Richey, Florida; Vernon Harris, Southern Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania; Howard Gelsinger, Pine Grove, Pennsyl- 
vania; Brian Smith, Riverside, California; Ken Koontz, Orange 
City, Florida; Gary Gnagey, Hartford City, Indiana; and Sheldon 
Perrine, Hemet, California. 

The pastors were among 23 who participated in the optional 
achievement program, which focuses on three quantitative goals- 
morning attendance, church membership, and offerings— and 
eight qualitative areas— evangelism and calling program, lay leader- 
ship development, effective organization and delegation of re- 
sponsibility, maintenance of building and grounds, cooperative 
spirit, effective problem solving and 
decision making, church giving pat- 
terns and fund management, and 
public preaching and teaching minis- 

Each pastor sets his own goals in 
consultation with his field secretary. 
The program provides a time of con- 
structive reflection for the pastor and 
increases his vision for the harvest 
field. ■ 

Ken Koontz 

Vernon Harris 

John IVlayes 

IVIark Henning 




Touching Lives for Christ in the East 

by Rev. William Smith 

Eastern Field Secretary 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 


Every month as I review in 
depth the activity which is taking 
place in the eastern division of the 
United States, I have to stop and 
say, "Thank you. Lord, for what 
You are doing in touching the lives 
of so many people with the blessed 
Gospel of our Lord and Saviour, 
Jesus Christ, in this section of 
America." To be specific, I want to 
cite for you five home mission re- 
lated groups that will let you know 
something of our heartbeat and our 
causes for praise. 

First of all, is the congregation 
at Orrville, Ohio, under the direc- 
tion of Pastor Keith Merriman. This 
work is just one year old but it is 
experiencing constant growth, 
stability, outreach, and the salva- 
tion of many precious souls. The 
continuous growth of this church 
family reached a new plateau on 
May 22 with an attendance of 201 

Pastor Keith Merriman leads a 

communion service at 

Orrville, Ohio. 

in the morning service. As I review 
the reports of this congregation, I 
find that every month new mem- 
bers are added; reports of conver- 
sions are given; and a disciple minis- 
try of training men, women, and 
young people is reported. This 
group, though just a year old and 
still meeting in an elementary 
school, is desperately searching for 

land and praying for a definite loca- 
tion with a building program in the 
near future. 

Second is Jersey Shore, Pennsyl- 
vania, under the ministry of Pastor 
James Snavely. Pastor Snavely has 
been on the field just a little over a 
year. Under his fine leadership the 
congregation during this year has 
been able to rent a church building, 
purchase land, and touch the lives 
of many people with the Gospel of 
our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 
This congregation also has experi- 
enced consistent growth and stabili- 

The congregation of the TIadaghton 

Valley Grace Brethren Church, 

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. 

ty under excellent pastoral leader- 
ship. Their regular attendance for 
Sunday morning service is just 
about 100. The prospects for con- 
tinued growth and outreach are ex- 
cellent in this northern Pennsyl- 
vania community. 

Third is Pine Grove, Pennsyl- 
vania. Under the leadership minis- 
try of Pastor Howard Gelsinger, this 
congregation during the past year 
has been able to see growth, con- 
tinued outreach, and on April 9 
they were able to dedicate to the 
Lord a beautiful church building 
nestled among the trees just outside 

Pine Grove. This fine congregation 
has worked closely with the Grace 
Brethren Church of Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania, and the Northern 
Atlantic District Mission Board. 
The Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, the Grace Brethren Build- 
ing Ministries with its architectural 
department, and the Grace Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation have 
just recently been closely involved 

A new building at Pine Grove 

Pennsylvania, helps reach the 

community for Christ. 

with this congregation in the direc- 
tion, design, and financing of this 
beautiful church facility. The an- 
ticipation for growth and outreach 
for Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, are 
causes for rejoicing. 

Fourth and fifth on my list of 
thanks to God are two new Bible 
classes that are just ready to be- 
come organized and recognized in 
their districts: Manassas, Virginia; 
and Spring City, Pennsylvania. Both 
of these new classes are under ex- 
cellent leadership by the district 
mission board and the district 
ministerium. I am already praying 
and seeking for pastors to step into 
these new works as God directs. 

So you see, as I read reports 
and evaluate situations like this 
each month, I have to thank the 
Lord. He is the one who is bring- 
ing this to pass and He is the one 
who is guiding our steps as we con- 
tinually pray that we will touch 
America for Jesus Christ with the 
Gospel which He has made available 
to us. ■ 




BHMCI^ews Update 

Three Couples 

Enter Home 

Missions Ministries 

Three couples have entered 
home missions ministries. Pas- 
tor and Mrs. Ward (Lucille) 
Miller have been leading the 
congregation at San Bernar- 
dino, California, since mid- 
summer. Pastor and Mrs. Paul 
(Evelyn) Hoffman began at 
Auburn, California, on Sep- 
tember 1; while Pastor and 
Mrs. William (Carol) Tweed- 
dale began their new ministry 
at Melbourne, Florida this 

The Millers went to San 
Bernardino from Osceola, Indi- 
ana, where they have minis- 
tered at the Grace Brethren 
Church there for the past eight 
years. While Ward pastors the 
church, Lucille will be teach- 
ing the fourth grade in the 
Grace Brethren Christian 

Hoffmans went to the Gold 
Rush Community Grace 
Brethren Church in Auburn, 
from the Grace Brethren 
Church in Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia, where he has minis- 
tered for the past three and 

one-half years as a singles' pas- 
tor. He and Evelyn have two 
daughters— Kathryn, 8, and 
Ellen, 6. 

A director of the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions 
Council since 1980, Tweed- 
dale has resigned that position 
to pastor the home mission 
work at Melbourne. He has 
previous church-planting ex- 
perience at Lancaster, Pennsyl- 
vania; and at St. Petersburg, 
Florida, as well as his most re- 
cent ministry at the Penn Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, 
Telford, Pennsylvania. The 
Tweeddales have purchased a 
home in Melbourne, and are in 
the process of moving there. 

Five Loans Approved 

Five loans by the Grace 
Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion were approved when the 
GBIF board of directors met 
at Winona Lake, Indiana, the 
latter part of July. 

A loan to the new Columbia 
City, Indiana, Grace Brethren 
Church will allow them to pay 
off certain creditors; while the 
AltaVista, Virginia, Grace 
Brethren Church will be able 
to purchase the property in 

which they are presently me 
ing. Loans to the Grace Bre 
ren churches in Frederii!, 
Maryland; Riverside, Cj- 
fornia; and Eagle River, AlaS'|,i 
will be used for property p • 
chases in those communities! 
The Grace Brethren Invci- 
ment Foundation provides 1 1/ 
interest loans to churches wil- 
in the Fellowship of Gr|5 
Brethren Churches. It has ,- 
fices in Winona Lake, Indiar i 


JVe^ir Director IITamid 

Rev. Robert Fetterhoff s 
been appointed to the bo;i 
of directors of the Gna 
Brethren Home Missiis 
Council for a one-year tet . 
At the completion of tht 
year, his name will then |e 
placed on the corporat i 
ballot to finish the three-y r 
term of Rev. William Twe • 
dale, Telford, Pennsylvar,, 
whom he replaces. 

Tweeddale has resigned 3 
assume the pastorate of 3 
home missions work in N - 
bourne, Florida. Pastors f 
home mission churches are 1 1 
permitted to serve as directs 
oftheGBHMC. ; 

Fetterhoff has pastored e 




Vt's ISl^ OffkiaG f 

By action of the corporation members during a 
Tieeting at tine national conference of the Fellow- 
)hip of Grace Brethren Churches, the word "Grace" 
las been inserted in the names of the Brethren 
Home IVlissions Council, Inc.; and the Brethren In- 
/estment Foundation, Inc. The two organizations 
nave now become the Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
jions Council, Inc.; and the Grace Brethren Invest- 
Tient Foundation, Inc. 

The action is in keeping with our desire to be 
Tiore completely identified with the Fellowship of 
3race Brethren Churches and our requirement that 
lew churches in our programs use the name Grace 
Brethren Church. While the name is new, the pro- 
grams of both organizations remain the same. The 
jBHMC will continue to assist new churches in 
their beginning stages, while the GBIF will main- 
tain its program of offering low-cost loans to 
:hurches within the Fellowship. ■ 

;e Brethren Church of 
ster, Ohio, for more than 
years. He also served as 
or of the Berrien Springs, 
ligan, Grace Brethren 
rch from 1976 to 1978, 
was involved in beginning 
:e Brethren churches at 
m and Anderson in South 

e is a graduate of Bob 
!S University, Greenville, 
:h Carolina, and Grace 
^logical Seminary in 
)na Lake, Indiana. He also 
;s as chairman of the 
heast Ohio District Mis- 

9 and his wife, Roxanne, 
one daughter, Kristen, 
reside in Wooster, Ohio. 



The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation is going 
the distance with the new and established Grace 
Brethren Churches as they strive for church growth. 
Our low-interest loans make that final stretch for the 
tape come thousands of dollars sooner when com- 
pared to a commercial loan. 

Support the FGBC team. 

Invest in the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. 

box 587- Winona Lahe.lN • 46590 

hoping to heji 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Sue Rike, SMM Coordinator 

Everybody loves a winner, usually. 

Except maybe some of the losers. 

We're announcing some winners in recent goal-setting groupings through our Christian Education 
ministries. But here there are many winners. 

We give some awards and we recognize quality, and there are also winners related to specific 
divisions and numbers and statistics. 

These winners don't necessarily contradict God's reward system; but they certainly are not 
synonymous. We do the best we can to award excellence. We honor those to whom honor is due. 

We can't look at the heart, so we sometimes look at achievement. Ifs dangerous, but ifs worth 
the risk, we feel. 

But Cod's kind of a winner is not singled out by number or even by an effective way to honor. 

God's winners are picked for faithfulness, and can include all of us as churches. 

One thing for sure, we ought to honor those selected as public winners. We ought to rejoice with 
those who rejoice and be grateful for their own progress. 

But more. We ought to have a heart so clearly for Cod that we're winning the battle to know Him. 

A spirit so nearly like Christ's that we're seeking to serve Him on a daily basis but also throughout 
the church family. A will so committed to the Lord that His spirit unites us in the common bond of 
love and fellowship. 

A winning church may not be growing — various circumstances might dictate a staying and 
maintenance ministry. But it certainly is a church where there's a winner's spirit and a desire to 
glorify Cod, a daily trophy of grace laid at the feet of Christ in prayer and thanks. 

A winning church has something about it that you feel when you walk in — people are there to 
care and they're glad to be there. A winning church isn't always checking numbers, but it is check- 
ing motives and outreach and upreach and checking on shut-ins to be sure they're cared for. 

That kind of a church can belong to you and to me and to all of us. That kind of a fellowship can 
be ours together when we labor the points Christ labored, and go carefully on the others. 

Christian education in the local church doesn't let up. It doesn't go in for contests for contests' 
sake — it is in all of this related to the Great Commission and to people and to salvation and deci- 
sions, but also growth commitments. 

My junior high principal used to always give the talk before the football game: "It isn't whether 
you win or lose, but how you play the game." In this article's definition of winning he was wrong. 
Winning is seeking to glorify God and love each other in His name. 

We all can win and must! 

<=4^C,»v)uCt3i ^4-UA.^.JOTr^ 


John VVillet 

David Plaster, Executive Committee 

Roy Halberg, President 

Don Byers, Executive Committee 

Ed Cashman 

Mike Clapham 

Mike Grill 

Steve Jarreil 

Paul Mutchler, Vice-President 

Randy Poyner 

Roger Wambold 

Galen Wiley, Secretary 




Dave Belcher 

Dave Marksberry 

Bud Olszewski 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

Thank you for working with us as co-laborers, sharing your gifts and your 
prayers and your abilities in the local church! 

Wooster Grace Brethren Church Honored as CE's 


Bob Fetterhoff, pastor of the Sunday School of the Year, 
talks Sunday School with CE Board member Don Byers, 

Wooster, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church has been named "Sunday 
School of the Yeat^' by GBC Christian Education, in honor of growth 
and quality. 

"The school arm of that church has instituted exemplary teaching 
with important care for the relationship and fellowship of the church, 
as well as the teaching," the citation of honor read. 

Superintendent Richard Holmes and Pastor Robert Fetterhoff ac- 
cepted the award for the many lay ministers of the church who make 
this growing school successful. 

Attendance for 1982-83 averaged 489, up 15.1% from the previous 
year. The "composite" number — average of membership, Sunday 
morning worship, and Sunday school — was 543, with church atten- 
dance often over 600. 

Features of the church school include special classes for adults. The 
Newcomers Class provides a summary of the doctrines to which the 
church is committed and exposure to various ministry opportunities 
in the church. Another special class, the Menders, is designed for 
those who are divorced. The school has also featured CE seminars 
and is now beginning a new teacher training program. 

Small group fellowships are key in the growth and quality of the 
Wooster Sunday school, according to Pastor Fetterhoff. The groups 
meet in homes for fellowship meals, giving opportunity to develop 
close caring/sharing relationships within the church body. ■ 

198^-83 P.S.A. AWARDS 


% Growth 

Allegheny District 

Coraopolis, PA 13.3 

Florida District 

St. Petersburg, FL 78.4 

Hawaii District 

Ewa Beach, HI 23.9 

Indiana District 

Coshen,IN 77.0 

Iowa-Midlands District 

Longview, TX 67.4 

Michigan District 

Lansing, Ml 74.0 

Mid-Atlantic District 

Temple Hills, MD 79.7 

Mountain-Plain District 

Beaver City, NB 4.7 

Northern Atlantic District 

Island Pond, VT 27.3 

Nor-Cal District 

Placerville, CA 26.3 

Northcentral Ohio District 

6ow//ng Green, OH 47.6 

Northeastern Ohio District 

Akron, OH 30.8 

Northwest District 

Prosser, WA 47.5 

Southeast District 

Virginia Beach, VA 22.4 

Southern District 

Anderson, SC 12.9 

Southern-Calif.-Arizona District 

Covina, CA 74.6 

Southern Ohio District 

Vandalia, OH 42.5 

Southwest District 

A/buquerque, NM (Heights) 229.7 

Western Pennsylvania District 

Armagh, PA 70.0 

1982-83 PSA AWARDS 
Division Winners % Growth 

Division AA 

1. Ashland, OH Grace 2.6 

2. Columbus, OH (Worthington) 2.5 

Division A 

7. Wooster, OH 75.7 

2, Winona Lake, IN 6.2 

Division B 

1. Temple Hills, MD 19.7 

2, Columbus, OH (Eastside) 9.6 

Division C 

1. New Holland, PA 7.6 

2. Winchester, VA 4.9 

Division D 

I.Norton, OH 4.8 

2. Brookville, OH 4.2 

Division E 

1. Anchorage, AK 24.1 

2. Dayton, OH (Huber Heights) 10.3 

Division F 

I.LaVerne, CA 21.5 

2. ft Lauderdale, FL 76.5 

Division C 

7, 6ow//ng Green, OH 47.6 

2. Homerville, OH 26.4 

Division H 

7. Alkron, OH (Fairlawn) 30 8 

2. Long Beach, CA (Community) 38.8 

Division I 

7 . Covina, CA 74.6 

2. Vandalia, OH 42.5 

Division J 

7, A/buquerque, NM (Heights) 229.7 

2. Longview, TX 67.4 

What Happened At Brethren National 
Voutti Conference? A Lot 

Over 1200 people attended the Oswego, New York, Brethren Na- 
tional Youth Conference, held August 7-13. It was a spiritually 
challenging week. Over 300 teens made public decisions; most were 
decisions for missions or full-time Christian careers! (Right) National 
Achievement Competition was special for individuals and groups 
competing in nineteen areas of ministry skills. 

The top SMM girls were recognized. Sharon Diffenderfer 
was crowned 1983 SMM Girl of the Year (center). Other 
recognition went to Kathy Sue Aniger (right), first runner-up, 
and Stella Crosby (left), second runner-up. Judy Fairman (left 
background), former Director of SMM, and Robyn Johnson 
(right background), 1982 SMM Girl of the Year, helped to 
honor these achievers. (Left) Bible quizzing was tough as 
usual. The Northeastern Ohio team won first place with the 
West Penn team placing second. All ten teams, though, 
were winners. 

Thdnks for your part in praying for the conference! 

— Women Manifesting Christ' — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
' word that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 




Mrs. Margie Devan, 2507 Vancouver Drive, 
N.W., Roanol<e, VA 24012 (Tel. 
First Vice President 

IVlrs. Althea Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress, CA 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 
Second Vice President 

Mrs. Triceine Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Powell, OH 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 

Mrs. Florence Lesh, Route 3, La Porte City, 
lA 50651 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Virginia Sellers, 216 E. Pine, Wooster, 
OH 44691 (Tel. 216/263-6334) 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer 
Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 
Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 
Mrs. Donna Miller, Route 8, Box 277, War- 
saw, IIM 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 
Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Betty Hall, Route 8, Box 297, Warsaw, 
IN 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 

Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 
Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. Debbie Adams, R.D. 4, Box 94-A, Kit- 
tanning, PA 16201 


Jfissionary iBirthctays 


(If no address is listed, check the July /August 1983 issue of Foreign 
Missions ECHOES.^ 


Mrs. Lita Futch December 5 


Karl Immel December 13, 1969 

Miss Mary Ann Habegger December 29 % 


Julie Hobert December 17, 1981 ''-, 

Rev. Richard Harrell December 28 , 

Mrs. Susan Griffith December 29 


Ryan Peugh December 21, 1968 .'j 

Prey a Pappas December 22, 1977 ;, 

Philip Peugh December 29, 1970 


Rev. Walter Haag December 4 


Rev. Norman Schrock December 2 


Mrs. Colleen Craigen December 9 

Barnabas Mines December 19, 1979 

Clive Craigen December 21, 1968 


Miss Mary Cripe December 5 

Mrs. Marguerite Tresise December 14 

Mrs. Lois Miller December 27 


il W Pi 


Grace Brethren Home Missions 

Goal: $9,000 
Send before December 10, 1983 

Vehicle to be used for church 
planting at the Navajo Mission 

*¥IMC OCTOBER '83 23 i 

Miriam Pacheco 

Part II 



by Miriam Pacheco 

(Retiring National WIVIC President) 

The task at hand does seem overwhelming. Folks 
in our communities need help. Our nation has great 
needs and problems that effect us and influence our 
ability to help others. People of the world need 
food, clothing, medical care, freedom from govern- 
mental oppression and the message of Jesus' love. 
How can we possibly do it all? We can use the un- 
limited resources and inexhaustible supplies of our 
precious Heavenly Father— the Creator and Sustainer 
of all things. 

That's what Nehemiah did. He was facing the 
problem of his people being distressed and the walls 
of Jerusalem broken down and burned. The very 
place where God met His people was in ruins. 

Nehemiah was heartbroken. When he got the 
report of the terrible conditions, he just sat down and 
cried, mourned and fasted. And he prayed! Not just 
for ten minutes either. It was four months from the 
time he heard the report until he was able to start 
doing any construction! He really had a burden for 
the job that needed to be done, and he knew that 
God had promised restoration if the people would re- 
turn and keep God's commandments. 

The story that follows is fantastic. Nehemiah ex- 
presses it with these phrases: 

". . . the good hand of my God was on me" (2:8) 

". . . the hand of my God had been favorable to 
me " (2:18) 

". . . The God of heaven will give us success; there- 
fore we His servants will arise and build. 
.. ."(2:20) 

". . . God had frustrated (our enemies') plan . . . ." 

". . . Our God will fight for us." (4:20) 

". . . our enemies . . . and all the nations . . . lost 
their confidence; for they recognized that 
this work had been accomplished with the 
help of our God." (6:16) 

Nehemiah didn't go at this project halfheartedly or 
unprepared. He knew the scope of it and was fully 
committed to accomplishing the goal. 

How else could he have inspired the Jews like he 

did? He told them the walls needed rebuilt and they 
said, "Let us arise and build" (2:18). He reprimanded 
them for being so selfish in demanding payments of 
fields, crops and houses from their brothers, and they 
responded positively saying, ". . . We will give it back 
... we will do exactly as you say" (5: 12). 

Nehemiah was in touch with God. He was fully 
committed to being the solution to the problem and 
willing to work at it. These characteristics allowed 
him to be used in a great way to bring immediate 
results and glory to God. 

There were some other problems he had to deal 
with along the way, like: 

—devising a defense strategy 

—discerning wise counsel 

—combatting discouragement due to false rumors 
about their purpose 

—constantly having to get the people back on the 
right track because they disobeyed God's laws 

—overcoming temptation from those trying to dis- 
tract him. 

Nehemiah 's answer to that one is so good— 

"I am doing a great work and I cannot come 
down. Why should the work stop while I leave 
it and come down to you?" (6:3) 

Four times his enemies attempted to lure him 
away, and four times he gave them the same answer. 
Consistency and faithfulness are always rewarded! 

There is so much more to this story that we can 
apply, so I urge you to take the time to read it 
through. Then read it through again with the purpose 
and goals of WMC in mind. It's a real thrill to be re- 
minded that we have the same good hand of God 
upon us that blessed Nehemiah in such a wonderful 

Does your heart break when you hear of people in 
Brazil who are deceived and controlled by spiritism? 

Does your heart break when you learn about the 
Christians in the Chad who are persecuted? 

Are you motivated to action when you know that 
missionaries are being bombarded on all sides with 
opposition, indifference, and discouragement? 

We cannot lose sight of our purpose to promote 
the cause of missions. 

Our government has instituted a new program this 
summer called P. I. K.— Payment in Kind. In essence, it 




means the farmer gets paid for not doing the work (I 
am not knocking it or condoning it— just stating the 

Well, God doesn't have a P.I.K. program. He does 
not promise us that no effort will yield profitable re- 
sults. He does promise that: 

—He will supply our needs! 

—He will bless the proclamation of His Word! 

-He will build His Church! 

We have the opportunity to be a part of that 
worldwide effort! Grace Brethren Foreign and Home 
Missions are in the church-planting business. The 
Christian Education Department offers helps, encour- 
agement, and opportunities. Grace Schools trains 
leaders and workers to carry out the work. WMC has 
the privilege of supporting these various ministries 
within our Fellowship. 

What a challenge to keep the single-eye toward our 
purpose, to be fully committed and willing to work. 
We can learn a great lesson from Nehemiah about re- 
sisting distraction: 

"I am doing a great work and I cannot come 
down. Why should the work stop while I leave 
it and come down to you?" (6:3) 

If you're not committed to supporting missions, 
then you are missing out. Get involved! 

We have Bible studies in WMC to help us grow. We 
have missions emphasis to help us learn. We have fel- 
lowship to help us be encouraged. But if that's as far 
as your involvement goes, then you are a sponge. 

Don't be a sponge! Be a channel! Let that growth 
and knowledge and encouragement flow through you 
to help someone else— like a missionary, for example. 
They also need to grow and learn and be encouraged. 

I have prayed that I would be able to express to 
you the burden on my heart. Let's get on with the 
important and urgent responsibility of supporting 

Nehemiah had to straighten out his people so 
often. They just kept straying from God's commands, 
and Nehemiah would take charge and remind them 
how it was supposed to be. 

And, you know, he was no softie! He "contended 
with them and cursed them and struck some of them 
and pulled out their hair . . . ." (13:25). Now all of 
this was over their disobedience in allowing their chil- 
dren to marry foreigners. 

Our situation is entirely different, but the prin- 
ciple is entirely the same. God has commanded us to 
go to the whole world with His Gospel. In WMC we 
have the opportunity to do that as we support mis- 
sionary endeavors with our prayers, talents, and 

I'm not advocating such violent reminders, but 
maybe we're too soft on ourselves. Do we really 
know what the needs are? Throughout this week 
we've been informed and challenged over and over 
again. Do we really carel 

This may be my last opportunity to say it public- 
ly, and you've heard it before. But we need the con- 

stant reminder— "If Grace Brethren people don't sup- 
port Grace Brethren missions, nobody else will do it 
for us"! 

Alice Kent, WMC's first president, is now home 
with the Lord. Her interest in and support of WMC's 
goals and purposes never waned. As I visited her a 
couple months ago to share these exciting offering 
totals, I asked her what challenge she would want me 
to share with you. 

First, she wanted to thank you for praying for her, 
Then she said, "Don't get discouraged. That's the 
time to pray the hardest." 

Thanks, Mrs. Kent, I needed that. We all needed 

WMC is now 44 and going on 45. Forty-five 
sounds mature. So why have "On To Maturity" as 
our new Bible study? Because it's a process, and we 
will be in this process until we meet Jesus. Each one 
of us has an area, maybe two or five or ten areas in 
our lives that need growth and strengthening. It will 
be a good year with the Lord. 

This week also ends my fifth year as national 
president. I want to thank everyone who helped make 
these five years very challeinging and fulfilling. 

I would like to make a list and read the names of 
folks and how they helped, but an extra WMC session 
was not allowed. 

So to: 

—those ladies who served with me as national of- 

—each district president and officer 

—each local WMC officer 

—ladies willing to serve on the various committees 

—you ladies who encouraged me with thoughtful 
cards and assurance of prayers 

—each local WMC member 

Thanks! Thank you for giving me the opportunity 
and privilege to serve in this way. I am confident that 
along with me, you also will support Margie Devan 
with your prayers and encouragement for the purpose 
of making WMC more effective for the glory of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

My thanks also to my dear family. They have 
helped . . . and endured . . . but with no regrets. My 
husband has many times carried an extra load, and he 
was willing to do it. I praise God often for him. The 
part he doesn't like now is he must relinquish his title 
as "First Man of the Fellowship!" 

Even our three children have been enriched 
through this experience. Ten-year-old David is con- 
vinced his mom is famous, because she's the president 
of the women in the whole United States! 

God bless each one of you as you serve Him in 
your home, church, and community this coming year. 
Purpose in your heart to pray more and ask the Lord 
for a greater burden and wider vision concerning mis- 
sions. Challenge a friend who is not involved to pray 
with you and watch her interest grow. 

Thank you again. Goodbye. Have a good year! ■ 







I looked at my hands after a day of hard 
work and scrubbing, and I thought aloud, 
"My hands are beginning to look like 
Mother's." They were clean, but a little swol- 
len. They didn't look manicured or glamorous 
like the magazine ads, but I smiled anyhow. 

What was it that was memorable about her 

She often had cuts or burn marks, and I 
used to think she just wasn't careful. Now I 
know she was trying to do too many things at 
the same time. She didn't use all the polishes 
and the extras on herself, because she was 
busy doing for me, our family, or for others. 

Her hands were firm when we needed dis- 
cipline, and she took a fair stand. She gave us 
responsibilities, but she also did what she 
could for us. Mother taught in VBS, in Sun- 
day school, fixed meals at church, or cooked 
at camp. We always had visiting missionaries 
and speakers in our home. She did what 
needed to be done, whether it was her "gift" 
or not. 

She did have gifts, though, and they have 
been appreciated by many. She would play 
the piano for an audience of one or a whole 
congregation. She played with feeling and 
taught piano lessons with an ability to bring 
out real expression from even very young 
musicians. Practicing for hours with choirs 
and anyone who needed an accompanist, she 
loved music and she shared it with many. 

Mother also had the ability to arrange 
flowers. In the spring, she always fixed tulips 
and lilacs for our home, the church, or a 
banquet. She could take bittersweet, cat- 
tails, or even weeds and make an arrangement 
that looked like a florist had delivered it. In 
recent years, she has done all kinds of dried- 
flower arrangements and has probably given 
away enough to fill a flower shop. 

She also gave away cookies. At Christmas 
she felt she should do "something" for the 
neighbors or people who had especially been 
nice to us. She couldn't go out and buy much 
in gifts, but there were always plates and tins 
of cookies to be delivered. I remember my 
first Christmas away from home when my 
husband and I were in college and seminary. 
She knew I would miss the pile of gifts we 
opened as a large family, so she wrapped 
cookies, candy, homemade fudge, nuts, and 
small items individually, so we would have 
presents to open. 

In spite of the frustrations of sewing for 
her children, following a tradition of her 
mother's, she began making Raggedy Ann and 
Andy dolls for all of her 12 grandchildren. 
Now she has expanded that area and makes 
teddy bears in all sizes and colors. Recently, 
our prized possessions are antique dolls with 
porcelain hands and faces that she has made 
with beautiful long dresses. 

These projects would have made a full 
schedule for anyone, but mother did all these 
things "on the side" as she served the Lord as 
the wife of a pastor and the mother of four 
girls. She has been asked to speak to some 
ladies' groups and shudders because she 
doesn't think of herself as a speaker. As I 
think back over the years, I realize she didn't 
do much public speaking, but she taught 
God's Word to many children, including me, 
and she lived the Christian life. 

I'm so thankful for what I've learned from 
my mother's hands— Janet Kelley, Waynes- 
boro, Pennsylvania ■ 





□ Conference officers for the year of 1984 are as fol- 
lows: Moderator— Ed Cashman, Vice Moderator- 
Lester Pifer, Secretary— Ken Koontz, Assistant Secre- 
tary-Ken Curtis, Treasurer— Larry Chamberlain, 
Statistician— Ralph Burns, Connmittee on Commit- 
tees—Roy Halberg (chm.), Wendell Kent, Scott 

D The National conference schedule for the next five 
years is as follows: 

1984-August 5-10, Winona Lake, IN 
1985-August 10-17, Estes Park, CO (tentative) 

Adults and youth same time and same place 
1986-August 3-8, Winona Lake, IN 
1987-August 2-7, Winona Lake, IN 
1988-July 31-August 5,' Rancho La Palmas, CA 

DMrs. Leila Polman was honored by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald at the Saturday p.m. session of the 
national conference. Her husband, Leo Polman who 
is deceased, was the first editor of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary IHerald magazine. A plaque was presented to 
Mrs. Polman in recognition of their important con- 

D Charles Olsen has been installed as the new pastor 
of the GBC of North Lauderdale, FL. He graduated 
from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S., 
1944), Bob Jones University IB. A., 1950), and Faith 
Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1954). He also at- 
tended Biblical Seminary in New York City and the 
graduate school of Boston University. He was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry in Bristol, PA, in 
1955. Mr. Olsen was a minister of Christian education 
in Richmond, VA (five years), and served as dean of 
students and professor at the Washington, D.C., Bible 
College (two years). 

D IMPORTANT NOTICE! The mailing list for the 
Grace Bretliren Annual is being revised and updated. 
Each December, copies are automatically mailed to 
all Grace Brethren Churches and each man who is 
listed in the Directory of Grace Brethren Ministers. 
Other Herald subscribers who would like to have a 
copy will need to request one prior to November 15. 
(Even if you have previously received a copy, we need 
to know if you wish your name to remain on the 
Annual mailing list.) Send your request to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 

( hcinae yc ui anniicil 

John Beaver, 13251 Siskiyou, Westminster, CA 
92683 / Richard Bell, c/o Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church, 530 Stetler Ave., Akron, OH 44312 / Ed 
Jackson, Box 56119, North Pole, AK 99705 / Dan 
Moeller, 665 Walter Way Dr., Apt. 665E, Warsaw, IN 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Edith Fetzer and Scott Sorrell, June 25. Grace Brethren 
Church, Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Karyn Steiner and Joe Lehmann, June 18. Grace Brethren 
Church, Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Claire Willett and Jeffrey Kowatch, June 11. Temple City 
Grace Brethren Church, Temple City, CA. The bride's father, 
David Willett who is pastor of the Temple City church, and 
the bride's uncle, James Willett, pastor of the GBC in Beaver- 
ton, OR, officiated at the ceremony. 

Linda Winey and Michael Phelps, May 21, Grace Brethren 
Church of Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

CLAYPOOL, Victor, 77, July 3. West Kittanning Grace 
Brethren Church, Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 
CULVER, Emma, 87, May 7, a charter member of the Harrah 
Brethren Church, Harrah, WA. Dr. Robert Culver (her son) 
and the pastor officiated at the memorial service. Charles 
Winter, pastor. 

FOWLER, Jean Anne, May 24, a member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 
GRIFFITH, Jack, Aug. 4. He was a faithful member of the 
Pike Grace Brethren Church, serving as moderator and Sun- 
day School superintendent at the time of his death. Jack was 
a brother of Rev. Robert Griffith and Mrs. Wendell (Pat) 

HANOVER, Harriet, June 22, a longtime faithful member of 
the New Troy Grace Brethren Church, New Troy, Ml. Alan 
Jones, pastor. 

HARTMAN, Floyde, June 2, a charter member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Pinellas Park, FL. Daryle Emch, pastor. 
HENGERER, Flora, member of the Temple City, CA (former 
member of the Glendale GBC). David Willett, pastor. 
HILDRETH, Lee, May 7, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 
KEIM, Marthabelle, 56, May 10, a charter member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, PA. Ray Davis, pastor. 
KERR, Lottie, 91, July 3, a member of the West Kittanning 
Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, 

(Continued on the back cover) 




New Additions to 
Grace Schools Faculty 

Three full-time faculty 
have been added to 
Grace Schools for the 
1983-1984 school year. 
Thomas Edgington 
taught part-time in Psy- 
chology at Grace Col- 
lege and assumed a full- 
time role in the Be- 
havioral Science De- 
partment this fall. Professor Edgington received the 
the Bachelor of Arts degree from Grace College and a 
Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological 
Seminary. He is a member of the National Honor 
Society, Outstanding Young Men of America, and 
Alpha Chi. He is married to the former Linda Walker 
and they have a daughter, Callie. They are members 
of the Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw, 

Daniel B. Allender and Gary Thomas Meadors 
joined the full-time Seminary faculty. Dan Allender, 
assistant professor of Biblical Counseling, received a 
Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan Uni- 
versity, the Master of Divinity degree from Westmin- 
ster Theological Seminary, the Master of Science de- 
gree from Barry College, and has a Ph.D. in prepara- 
tion at Michigan State University. 
Allender has served as assist- 
ant pastor of the Spanish River 
Presbyterian Church in Boca 
Raton, Florida, which included 
service as director of the Spanish 
River Counseling Center. He is a 
marriage and family counselor at 
the Institute of Biblical Counsel- 
ing in Warsaw. 

He and his wife, the former 
Rebecca Gilbert, have one child, 

New full-time faculty pic- 
tured are: Upper left— Thomas 
Edgington teaches In the Be- 
havorlal Science Department. Lower middle— Daniel 
B. Allender is employed as assistant professor of 
Biblical Counseling. Upper right— Gary Meaders 
teaches in the New Testament Department of Grace 

Gary Meadors was one of two graduates to receive 

a Doctor of Theology degree from Grace Theological 

Seminary during this year's commencement exercises. 

Other degrees include a 

diploma from Shenan- 
doah Bible College, 

Bachelor of Theology 

degree from Piedmont 

Bible College, Master of 

Divinity and Master of 

Theology degrees from 

Grace Theological 


In recent years. Dr. 

Meadors has taught at 

Grace College on a 

part-time basis and at 

Piedmont Bible College. 

With his wife, Gloria 

Jean Durham, he has 

been pastor of the 

Calvary Baptist Church 

in Leesburg, Indiana, and recently pastor of a church 

in Virginia before coming to Winona Lake to assume 

his new duties in the New Testament Department 

of Grace Seminary. 

Along with these full-time faculty 
additions, Grace Schools has an- 
nounced the appointment of Mrs. 
Pat Kent and Mr. Gary Mohler to 
the part-time faculty ranks in 
teacher education for the 1983-84 
academic year in the college. 

Mrs. Kent, a graduate of Bob 
Jones University with a Master's 
Degree in special education from 
Western Maryland College, has 
taught extensively in California, 
Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She 
is teaching in special education and 
supervising student teachers. She 
and her husband. Rev. Wendell Kent, 
are residents of Warsaw, Indiana. He 
is an administrator with the Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Mr. Mohler is a 1964 Grace College graduate with 

a Master's Degree from St. Francis College and is a 

veteran teacher in the Warsaw schools. He is teaching 

the science methods course for elementary education 

majors. He and his wife, Sharon, are living in Warsaw.! 






The year 1939 has come and gone. The 
stalwarts of the faith— McClain, Bauman, Kent, 
Polman, Mayes, Miller, Ashman, and scores of 
others have gone to be with Jesus. Those who 
suffered and sacrificed for their convictions 
that brought our Fellowship into existence 
are survived by just a few. 

I was excited recently as I read through 
Volume 1, Number 1-the first Brethren Mis- 
sionary Hera/d and all the following monthly 
issues of 1939. I was' moved by the commit- 
ment of those who played such a vital role in 
the birth of our Fellowship. I was challenged 
by their sacrifice and dedication to be God- 

Our Fellowship has grown, our affiliated 
boards have grown and certainly the Brethren 
IWissionary Herald has changed. 

Grace Schools has entered an ambitious 
campaign called "Pursuing Priorities." Some 
critics have said: "We are too strapped fi- 
nancially in our Fellowship for Grace to de- 
pend on us for 10 million dollars, or Home 
Missions' Bountiful Harvest of 52 new 
churches, or 23 new candidates being sent out 
by the Foreign Missionary Society." 

I found it unbelievable that with 
906 members in our Fellowship 
in 1939 more than $6,650 
was given to Grace Seminary 
in just one quarter. The stu- 
dent body registering in the 
fall of 1939 totaled 29. I put 
those figures into percent- 


ages just to compare today's figures 44 years 
later. Grace College and Seminary now have 
combined enrollments of over 1,300 students. 
Compared to the growth of our Fellowship, 
we are approximately identical to the number 
of students in 1939 as we have in 1983. Per 
capita giving to Grace Schools has dropped 
by more than 25 percent (based on less than 
2 percent inflation factor) since the year of 

I am encouraged by the tremendous sup- 
port of our Fellowship. I am encouraged by 
the vibrant young people in every one of our 
Grace Brethren churches. 

The desire I have to see the perpetuation of 
Grace College and Grace Theological Semi- 
nary as institutions of our Fellowship is a very 
strong desire. Our Fellowship needs to be as 
bold and courageous in 1983 as our forerun- 
ners were in 1939. 

The Pursuing Priorities Campaign is gearing 
up for a second wind. The programs and 
expansion plans for our campus have been 
dedicated to His glory. I believe we can 
pursue those priorities together as we con- 
tinue to impact our Fellowship through 
the ministry of Grace Schools. 

Will you take time to pray 

about your generous support 

of the Pursuing Priorities 

Campaign? Forty years from 

now, should Jesus tarry, we 

will rejoice for what He has 

done. ■ 


Your employer may help Grace in the Pursuing Priorities Campaign by 
MATCHING your gift. 

Over 900 companies and their subsidiaries will match their employees' 
gifts to Grace. Ask your personnel director if your company is involved in 
the Matching Gift Program. Last year over 200 friends of Grace doubled 
their investment in the lives of Christian young people. 





JULY 1983 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of: 

Gertrude Folsom 

Alice Kent 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer 

Ernest Morrell 
Bernard Schneider 
IVIiciiael Sedlal< 

Given by: 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, 

Mr. and Mrs. Neal Carlson 
Bob and Ruthanna Chamness and 

David Chamness 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Miss Mildred Mahoney 
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore 
Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Myers 
Mr. Norman Rohrer 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weaver 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Woodring 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ford 
Mr. Harold Peugh 
Rev. and Mrs. William Howard 
Ret. Lt.Col. Philip P. Grandin, A.F. 
and Mrs. Dorothy E. Grandin 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
with your check. The amount will remain confidential. 



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You can cruise the Caribbean, 
discover the magic of China, experience 
the world renowned Passion Play in 
the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau 
or test the white water of the magnificent 
Colorado River. 

It's all in store in 1984. 

Each trip is carefully planned to 
include the special features people have 
learned to expect in a Grace Tour. Each 
itinerary has been meticulously selected and 
special attention has been given to your 
personal accommodations. 

You'll enjoy flexibility in your 
scheduling and the warm personal fellowship 
of Christian friends at a price that may 
be far less than what you would expect. 
Every detail has been cared for so that your 
travel experience will be a refreshing 
memory that will last a lifetime. 

What's in store in '84? Lots! 

Why not write today for more 
information on the travel opportunity 
that most appeals to you. 

Experience a Grace Tour in 1984! 


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DEATHS (Continued from page 27 j 

KITTLESON, Adina, Jan. 17, a longstanding faithful mem- 
ber of the New Troy Grace Brethren Church, New Troy, Ml. 
Alan Jones, pastor. 

LUTHER, Francis, May 1 1, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 
MITCI-IELL, Afuso, 12, June 24, a faithful member of the 
Rainbow Grace Brethren Church, Ewa Beach, Hi. Kip Coff- 
man, pastor. 

MORRELL, Ernest W., 72, a longtime and faithful member 
of the Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, WA. Charles Winter, 

ROSS, Edward, Feb. 20, a charter member of the Mill Run 
Grace Brethren Church, Westernport, MD. Daniel Moeller, 

WARREN, Harry, May 4, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor. 

n Lee Burris has "resigned from the River City 
Grace Community Church, Sacramento, CA. I have 
been waiting upon the Lord for His direction for serv- 
ice. During the past few months no work opened up 
for me in a Grace Brethren Church, but the Lord 
opened up a temporary position as associate pastor in 
counseling and evangelism at Sunrise Baptist Church 
in Sacramento. This church is a member of the IMorth 
American Baptist Association, is very close and 
similar to the Grace Brethren Churches' beliefs. Their 
roots are from German Baptists. 

"I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all 
Brethren people, pastors and denominational leaders 
for their love and support over the years. Particular 
thanks to the Northwest District where I served from 
1956-1959; the North Central Ohio District from 
1976-1979; the Northern California District, 1979- 
1983; and to Clyde Landrum and Donald Carter and 
the endorsing agency who loved, supported and guided 
me through many years in the military chaplaincy. I 
will deeply miss the fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches and hopefully the door may open soon for 
me to resume my ministry in some capacity in a 
Grace Brethren Church. I love you all."— Z-ee D. 

D A new GBC church has been started at Manassas, 
VA, and Warren Tamkin, pastor of the GBC at 
Frederick, MD, has been preaching there on Sunday 

D Randy Christie (son of Pastor and Mrs. George 
Christie of Goldendale, WA) has been sent to Helena, 
MT, by the Northwest District Mission Board for the 
purpose of starting a GBC in that city. 

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PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Robert Arenobine has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the GBC, Ft. Wayne, IN / 
Duane Bartle resigned from the Pompano Beach, FL 
GBC / Richard Bell has accepted the pastorate of 
the Ellet GBC, Akron, OH / Gary Cole has termi- 
nated his ministry at Ormond Beach, FL, and has re- 
signed as national conference secretary / Terry 
Hofecker has joined the staff of the Worthington 
GBC at Columbus, OH / Paul Hoffman has accepted 
the pastorate of the Gold Rush Community GBC at 
Auburn, CA / Tex Hudson has started a Bible class 
in Baltimore, MD, in hopes of establishing a GBC 
there / Ron Jarvis has resigned from the pastorate of 
the GBC at Parkersburg, WV / Duane Jones has re- 
signed at the Gold Rush Community GBC, Auburn, 
CA, and has entered the chaplaincy / John Lancaster 
has resigned from the GBC at Ozark, Ml / Sewell 
Landrum has been commissioned as Pastor Emeritus 
of the Clayhole, KY, GBC. Sewell had served this 
church for 40 years. J. Ward Tressler is the current 
pastor / Lyie Marvin has been incapacitated by a 
series of strokes and mostly bedfast, but his mind 
and sense of humor are still great! He sends greetings 
to old friends in the Fellowship / Earl Moore has 
been called to the pastorate of the Kenai, AK, GBC / 
Bud Olszewski has resigned at Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 
GBC / Earle Peer has resigned at Harrisburg, PA, to 
begin a new church in Gettysburg, PA / Robert 
Russell has resigned at Rittman, OH / Randy Senior 
is the new pastor at Cypress, CA / Glen Shirk was 
ordained to the Christian ministry at Ripon, CA / 
Dean Smith is the new pastor of Singles and Counsel- 
ing at the North Long Beach (CA) GBC / Howard 
Snively has resigned at Kenai, AK, and has begun a 
new GBC church in Soldotna, AK / Craig Snyder is 
assisting in the development of the new Maranatha 
GBC at Ontario, OH / Charles Thornton has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the Dallas Center, lA, GBC / 
Foster Tresise will retire at the end of the year, after 
30 years of ministry in Hawaii. Where will he retire? 
In Hawaii. Where else? / William Tweeddale has re- 
signed from the Telford, PA, GBC and accepted the 
pastorate at Melbourne, FL. 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

I Know It Is Fall Because the 
Peaches Are Missing from My Cereal. 

Charles W. Turner 


People use different methods to 
mark the changing of the seasons. 
In Indiana and the Midwest, many 
people herald the passing of sum- 
mer into fall by noticing the 
change in the foliage. The green of 
the trees gives way to the brilliant 
reds and the sparkling yellows in 
the meadows and woods. Others 
use the temperature as the gauge to 
let them know summer has passed 
and autumn is at hand. Young 
people have their own special 
indicator— the ringing of school 
bells and the movement of yellow 
buses that snake through the 
neighborhoods and country roads. 

For me, the unmistakable evi- 
dence of fall is that peaches are not 
on my cereal at the morning break- 
fast table. I love fresh, sweet 
peaches. They make the eating of 
cold wheat grains and oats worth 
the time and effort. When the 
peaches appear only several times a 
week and the bananas appear in 
their place— fall is near at hand and 
I find myself just moving the over- 
baked and parched cold cereal 
around with my spoon. Soon the 
snow will come and summer will be 


Yes, I am aware that these grains 
of wheat are filled with vitamins, 
though I cannot see them. I know it 
because I watch the evening news. 
Now what does the evening news 
have to do with my breakfast? The 
answer \s— Everything! If there was 
no cereal to sell, there piobably 
would not be any need to have the 
Six-o'clock News. The cereal com- 
panies pay the bill to see those 
newscasters get their million dollar 
salaries. At news time, I discover 
that "Total" brings me more vita- 
mins in one bowl than all the other 
cereals can deliver in four bowls 
. . . maybe even a whole box! Disre- 
gard the fact that without peaches, 
the cereal is absolutely tasteless. 
However, it is good for you. It is 
the same old story my mother used 
to tell me years ago about eating 
spinach and liver. "No matter the 
taste," she said, "eat it, it is good 
for you." My personal opinion of 
"Total" is that its real value rests in 
the fact it holds my sliced peaches 
high and dry where I can easily find 

Life is a great deal like the 
peaches and cereal on my breakfast 
table. Much of life is like the 

cereal— it is there and it is impor- 
tant. I find many of my tasks in life 
are of the cereal variety. I would 
pass them by and let someone else 
do them, but that is not the way 
things should be. "Duty jobs" are, 
at times, not too glamorous. Any 
person will tell you that they would 
prefer to pass up the duty jobs. I 
have never heard a housewife tell 
her friends that she just loved to 
dust furniture or wash dishes. Nor 
do most men do handsprings over 
the opportunity to mow the lawn. 
When was the last time you heard 
your children express sheer joy over 
doing their homework? However, 
all of these tasks need to be done. 
Then there are the "peaches on the 
cereal jobs"— you can all name one 
you like best— for me, I love to get 
a good attentive group together and 
just talk about the goodness of 

In Christian service, two kinds of 
work exist— the very needed but 
not too exciting, and the more ob- 
vious upfront ministry. In order to 
start the day out right and, also, get 
the tasks done in the Church of 
Jesus Christ, you have to mix the 
peaches with the cereal . . . then the 
whole task gets completed! 




Vol.45 No. 11 November 1983 

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Editor, Charles Turner 
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Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
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Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Building Strength and Stability 

6 Enough to Get Home 

8 Expanding Our Vision of World Mission 

10 Excellence Is Our Most Important Product 

12 Le Creusot/Montceau— France's Budding Church 

15 Prayer: The Key to Expansion 

16 SOS ... SOS ... SOS .. . 

18 Church Dedication— African Style 

20 Church Is for Friends 

21 Two Resurrected Churches 

23 God Answers 20 Years of Prayer in Hawaii 

25 Homespun 

26 Becoming Involved in Christian Higher Education 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 30 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1948 

Rev. J. Keith Altig and family were 
under appointment to go to an area north of 
the Amazon River in Brazil. . . . Joseph 
Dombek moved his Christian art studio to 
Winona Lake, Indiana. He was a member 
of the Covington, Ohio, church. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1968 

Dr. E. William Male was granted his 
Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University. 
He is presently the academic dean of Grace 
College. . . . Grace Schools assumed control 
of the Winona Lake Christian Assembly and 
announced a 16-member board to oversee 
the operation. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1978 

Pastor Robert Griffith resigned from the 
pastorate of the GBC in Telford, Pennsyl- 
vania, and became the pastor of the Vicks- 
burg Grace Brethren Church of Holiidays- 
burg, Pennsylvania. . . . Rev. Mike Ostrander 
of Flora, Indiana, was named Administrative 
Director of the National Boys Ministry of 
the Grace Brethren Church. 


Dear Editor, 

The publication ministry of B/\/!H is 
having a significant impact upon 
many here in Great Britain. Recently 
one of our men finished reading l\/lc- 
Clain's Greatness of the Kingdonn and 
expressed afterwards how this single 
volume has transformed his thinking 
in terms of the literal-historical herme- 
neutic and its application to his whole 
grasp of the kingdom teaching in 
Scripture. Other copies are needed! 
Please rush the following . . . .—Philip 
C. Steele, Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions-England, Solihull, West 

Cover photo by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Building S^trengtli 
and S^tability 

by Chip Heim, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Lima, Ohio 

The town of Lima, Ohio, is 
typical of the smol<estack cities 
of the industrial mideast. It is old 
(in the 1800s Lima was the oil 
capital of the world), heavy in in- 
dustry (Ford engines and M-1 
tanks), and high in unemployment 
(15 percent). Ninety thousand 
people live in the Lima area. They 
are conservative and hard working 
people. My contact with them over 
the past year and a-half indicates 
that half do not attend any church. 
This is one-out-of-two. 

The Grace Brethren Church here 
began in 1977 and, like most chur- 
ches, has experienced a few prob- 
lems with its successes. The people 
in the church cover the spectrum of 
employment: salesmen, nurses, an 
engineer, owners of small businesses, 
blue-collars, housewives, and so 
forth. (They say opposites attract. 
They must. The men in the church 
love the outdoors— hunting, fish- 
ing, and shooting. They cannot be- 

lieve that their pastor prefers golf 
to guns or that he has never shot a 

There were three goals I wanted 
to accomplish upon my arrival here. 
These would enable our Grace 
Brethren Church to become strong 
and, eventually, self-supporting. 

First, I wanted the people to 
realize there would be nothing they 
could do to keep me from loving 
them. Love is easy when things are 
good and people are nice. The 
tough part is loving when things are 
not so good. God made it clear to 
Moses that His leader could not af- 
ford public displays of anger at His 
people (Num. 20:10-12; note also 
Titus 1:7). The first thing I wanted 
to accomplish in the church was to 
show an unconditional love— all the 

My second goal was to show a 
Christianity that people would 
want to catch. One reason, I be- 
lieve, the Bible gives a list of re- 
quirements for elders is that the 
qualifications are attractive (1 Tim. 
3:1-7). Anyone who is temperate, 
hospitable, gentle, easy-to-get- 

along-with, and teachable is a pleas- 
ing person. Reaching this goal 
would mean being with people 
apart from church; seeing them as 
my friends. I would also have to 
maintain my enthusiasm and excite- 
ment for life. A dead, unexciting 
leader does not reflect 1 Timothy 
3. In the pulpit I would have to 
preach to contemporary needs. Ser- 
mons on forgiveness, freedom from 
guilt, how to keep yourself from an 
affair, and so forth, would have to 
find themselves on my sermon cal- 
endar. I wanted to live a Christian 
life that people would want to 

My third goal was to get into the 
community. I want our area to 
know about Grace Brethren. This 
fall I am scheduled to speak to one 
of our area Optimist clubs. Soon, 
our church will hold a meeting at 
the Lima Mission. (The Lima Mis- 
sion?!? Yes, I will walk through any 
door that the Lord opens.) The 
head football coach at Lima Senior 
High School has invited me to foot- 
ball practices and has had me lead 
in team prayer. Anytime our 



GBHMC Editor's Note: Chip Heim (photo, facing page) has been pastor of tfie Grace Brethren Church, Lima, Ohio, 
since 1981. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Grace Theological Seminary. Prior to going to Lima, 
he served as an intern at the East Side Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife. Karen, live in Lima. 

The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church, Lima, Ohio 

Marion Thomas leads a Sunday school class. 

church has the opportunity to 
reach into our community we take 

Yet, what you want to l<now is: 
How are we doing. The results were 
slow at first, In fact, there were 
times when I would sit alone in my 
office and wonder, "Lord, what's 

going on here!" Results, though 
have appeared. At the time of writ- 
ing, our per capita giving was up 
approximately 30 percent over last 
year. Giving to missions has gone 
from zero in 1981, to $1,000 in 
1982, and $1,500 in 1983. We took 
voluntary steps toward self- 

supporting in July of 1982 and July 
of 1983. We are anticipating 
another step in December. 

Our recent Timothy Team gave 
us a plan to mobilize our youth. As 
a result, we sent ten young people 
to camps this summer; six to 
district camps and four to National 
Youth Conference. The church 
raised $1,000 for scholarships 
which the youth had to earn. Our 
parents are involved in a Booster 
Club ministry which is meant to 
support and help them through the 
teen years. We plan on having the 
best youth program in town. 

One goal adopted by the church 
in January was to see 52 persons 
visit our church in 1983. Twenty- 
seven families have visited thus far. 
We are right on schedule. 

All of this is not to say that our 
GBC has no problems. As far as I 
know, heaven is the only place that 
is painless and problem-free. Yet, 
the Lord is giving us strength and 
stability. Former baseball manager 
Leo Durocher once said, "Nice guys 
finish last." I wonder if Leo ever 
read the third chapterof 1 Timothy? 



Enough to Get Home 

by Dr. Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 

A glance in the rearview mirror revealed the 
city limit sign receding in the distance. The 
reflection of the city lights in the evening sky 
gave a fading reminder of the bustling activity 
we had left behind. Just a few days earlier we 
had arrived for a brief stay with our Home 
missionary to discuss the work and encourage 
his young family in their task of establish- 
ing a new Grace Brethren church. 

With the steady throb of the "440" engine 
of our motor home and the countryside 
sweeping past, it was easy to think through 
our visit together. As always, I was impressed 
with a young pioneer undertaking one of the 
most demanding jobs in all of the world. It 
was a task that would challenge the most ex- 
perienced pastor but was, in fact, in the hands 
of a young man with the ink hardly dry on his 
graduate degree. What is it that causes a 
young man to offer himself for such a task 

and, with all of his worldly possessions 
packed in a Hertz Rent-A-Truck, move 
away from family and friends to carve a 
beachhead for Christ out of a modern day 

The question caused my pulse to quicken 
as the awesome responsibility, of which I was 
a part, surged fully into mind. The answer, of 
course, is in the, words our Lord breathed 
upon His followers two thousand years 
ago . . . "Go ye into all the world and make 
disciples." Just as those few left family and 
homes to work in harvest fields of the world, 
so is it with these twentieth century pioneers 
with no more, or less, to guide them than 
their predecessors . . . the promises of God! 

Just what kind of a person is it that will 
take such risks? Intrigued with the thought, I 
considered those with whom I was associated. 
Each are diverse from one another and yet 
characterized by certain inalienable qualities 
that mark them as distinctly as if branded by 
the same iron or born of the same family 

(which, of course, they are). These charac- 
teristics began to take shape in my mind, as 
the miles rolled by, I pondered them one by 

First, there is that definite awareness of 
God in their lives. The one common denomi- 
nator, above all else, is the absolute convic- 
tion that they belong to God and their 
destiny is no longer theirs to determine. They 
feel that to jealously maintain control of 
one's own life is to forever rob one of the 
liberty and freedom to go anywhere for His 

There is, also, in each man an allegiance to 
the biblical priority of the local church. They 
have rejected appealing enticements to other 
forms of Christian activity, to invest their 
lives in the oftentimes less than glamorous 
ministry of the local congregation. This, 
alone, accounts for their willingness to spend 
and be spent in obscure places in God's 
church building program. 

The odometer in the dash registered the 
passing miles as I continued my mental review 
of the men with which I serve. In each one 
there is a single attribute so rare today— a 
willingness to be accountable. Our society 
tends to hide its religious experience, and 
even its service, behind a facade of privacy. 
However, church planting allows no such 
concealment. The daily record of progress is 
open to all. It seems that such an openness 
gives evidence of two things— a confidence in 
God's sovereignty, as well as a self-confidence 
so necessary to men in leadership. I could 
not resist the compulsion to pray and silently 
thanked our Lord for each one. 

Adaptation, the word seemed to stand out 
from the cluster of instruments on the panel 
before me. Perhaps this quality, above all 
others, sets Home missionaries apart in the 
crowd. The ability to cope in situations that 
are rarely static requires a certain discipline 
not possessed by everyone. Financial, domes- 
tic and cultural differences present challenges 
that would defeat those of lesser strength. 
This truth must have been in Paul's mind 
when he penned the words, "Becoming all 
things to all men in order to win some." 
Beneath this banner our Home mission- 
aries have been able to minister to Navajos, 
Jews, Blacks and Hispanics, as well as a 
myriad of culturally distinct people in the 
great mosiac that is America. 

The music coming from the radio pulled 
me back to reality for a moment. The familiar 

lines of an age-old hymn brought to mind the 
services on Sunday. "AptXo teach," the Bible 
says and a most important quality in those we 
have been considering. These men are un- 
equivocably committed to the Bible as the 
inerrant Word of God and spend much of 
their time in study and preparation. It is the 
Word that brings faith, changes lives, gives 
hope, and it is a dedication to this Word that 
sets our churches apart from many others 
who contend for a listening audience each 

The downshifting of the engine as we 
approached the grade brought another charac- 
teristic to mind, work! It was Paul, again, 
who suggested to the church at Corinth that 
an "abounding" work schedule was indicative 
of one's theological convictions. There is an 
incredible expenditure of energy in develop- 
ing a new church, even with just the normal 
daily activity. Then there are those added 
demands that require a "shift into second 
gear" just when it seems there is no more 
to give. Little wonder, that Paul would say to 
those under his charge to "stir up the gift of 
God that is in thee ... for God hath not given 
us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love 
and of a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1 :6-7). 

Subconsciously I noted the vast fields 
spreading out to either side of the coach as we 
hurtled down the highway. The words of our 
Lord surfaced in my mind, "look on the 
harvest fields . . . they are white . . . ." 
The crowded city streets through which 
we had passed were superimposed on the 
scene before me and the true importance of 
the harvester/pastor came into focus— giants, 
each one of them but so few for so many. 
Like an echo in my mind came the words of 
old "I sought for a man among them to 
make up the hedge but I found none." Will 
this be said of the twentieth century or are 
there others who will join the ranks and 
enable us to achieve a bountiful harvest? 

"Bob, do we have gas enough to make it?" 
Startled by the words of my wife and slightly 
panicked at the possibility of being stranded, 
I reached for the "Fuel Remaining" button 
on the computer. The reassuring data on the 
screen brought a sigh of relief. "Yes, dear, we 
have enough to make it home!" 

Will the same be true of our Bountiful 
Harvest objectives? Will we have enough to 
make it home? No computer can respond to 
such a question but faith demands an answer. 
Yes, we will have enough to make it home! ■ 



by Mike and Liz Ciapham 

Pastor and Wife 

Grace Brethren Church 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

Let's talk about vision. Not the 
kind you might receive at the 
optical department at Sears. Not 
the kind that is examined by the 
optometrist in our local church. 
That type of vision is important— 
and all too often taken for granted. 
That IS not the topic under discus- 

, sion. Rather, let's talk about 

i, spiritual vision! 

We make no claim about ll 
cornered the market of spi 
vision. In fact, we have mir 
learn, but we are learning. W^ 
to Cincinnati about three yeei 
to plant our concept of a 
Testament local church. I^i 
time, we considered ourselves) 
visionary to be involved in pi 
church-planting. However, thi 
summer we were afforde* 
opportunity to stretch our 
with regard to the mission 

For two weeks in June ' 
tended the Euro-Missions Ins 
(E.M.I.) at the Chateau c, 
Albain. As a Home Missions'] 
we wanted to expand our c(i 
of mission and build upon wli 
had learned in working wit 
missionary intern couple. Da 
Nancy Green (now servif 
Brazil). We were invited to : 
E.M.I, as "pastoral observers.'! 

Many times we were aske< 
a Home Missions pastor at 
wife would go to Europe " 
institute on missions. Without 
vation, we would reply wi' 
following three-part response, 
we desired to encourage ( 
European missionary staff (tl V 
majority attended part or all i 
two weeks at the Chateau). Si ii 
we wanted to enlarge our pt\ 
vision for world missions. Thi 
desired to expand the vision ( 
local church. 

Those were our reasons foi i 
and we trust that all three o 
points were realized. Ho v 

our return, we have incorpor- 
two essential principles into 
linistry that were directly or 
ctly related to E.M.I, 
e first is an increased appre- 
n for the fact that our partici- 
1 in the Great Commission is a 
\/enture (a.k.a. team ministry), 
•aise God that as part of the 

Missions ministry we were 
the opportunity to expand 
vision for global mission 
gh an avenue of GBC Chris- 
iducation (E.M.I.) by rubbing 
Jars with our missionaries in 
le who are affiliated with the 
■y\ Missionary Society, all of 
I trace their roots to the Fel- 
ip of Grace Brethren 

e second result is an increased 
elation for, and commitment 
I ministry of prayer. Our work 
icinnati has been known pri- 
I for its emphasis on the 

E.M.I, helped us to balance 
/ord and prayer. Our vision, 

is primarily established by 
ssponse to the Word, must be 
zed by prayer. It is interesting 
te that the ministry of prayer 
he ministry of the Word were 
ational to the thrust of the 
dHc community (Acts 6:4). 
nly our effectiveness in mis- 
Dutreach (local, national, and 
) will depend upon the in- 
/ of our participation in these 
Ital areas. 

r individual impressions of 
, varied. As a pastor who de- 
:o be missions-minded, several 
ghts of the institute are 
y of note. First, there is an 
irving commitment to 
lal holiness among our 
)ean staff. Of course, anything 
i/ould not be acceptable and 
I ultimately result in disaster 

GBHMC Editor's Note-Mike and V.\z Clapham pioneered the 
Grace Brethren Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a gradu- 
ate of Ohio State University and holds an M.Oiv. 
from Grace Theological Seminary. He is a 
member of the Cincinnati Rotary, 
and served on the board of 
^^ directors of GBC Christian 

Education. In 1980, he 
was listed in Outstand- 
ing Young Men of 
America. Liz is 
a graduate of 
Bob Jones 

for the staff and their ministries. 
We must remember to pray for 
them in this area and bind the 
forces of spiritual darkness which 
seek to discredit and disarm the 
work of the Lord. Tom Julien 
(France) and Roger Peugh (Ger- 
many) left lasting impressions as in- 
dividuals who place high premiums 
on personal godliness. 

Another memorable feature was 
the philosophy of ministry shared 
by the European staff. It was my 
pleasure to observe, in action, a 
team ministry committed to biblical 
principles. Within the framework of 
rather different cultures and a wide 
range of diversity in terms of per- 
sonnel, it was refreshing and en- 
couraging to observe total unity in 
their overall strategy. 

As a Home Missions pastor's 
wife, I will always remember our 
train ride with John and Soni Viers 
(now missionaries in France) one 
early Sunday morning to Lyon, 
France. There we attended a wor- 
ship service in the home of Larry 
and Vicki DeArmey. This new work 
brought back memories of our be- 
ginning work in Cincinnati, and 
now we can pray more effectively 
for their ministry. 

The following Saturday, we had 
a day of prayer and fasting. This 
was the spiritual highlight of our 
stay at the Chateau. On Sunday 
evening, we witnessed the baptism 
of eleven French people. Many un- 
saved friends and relatives attended 
and heard Mr. Julien share the 
Gospel in French. 

From a woman's point of view, I 
really appreciated the hard work 

versity. They are the parents of 
a year-old son, Craig. 

and servant's heart of Doris Julien 
and those who graciously assisted 
her. Their ministry of hospitality 
gave us an idea of how they serve 
others on the field. 

Well, we have talked about 
vision. We have related how our 
vision for world missions has ex- 
panded. How far does your vision 
allow you to see? Do you see to the 
ends of the earth, as well as next 
door? We hope so. If your focus is 
blurred, remember this spiritual 
prescription, the Great Commission 
is team-oriented and each member 
of the team must view this lost and 
dying world through the dual lenses 
of prayer and the Word. 

Month CQ 


by Darrell Anderson, Pasf or 

Sierra View Grace Brethren Ctiurch 
Placerviile, California 

Everyone stands in awe of one 
who excels in his field, whether a 
Mickey Mantle, a Thomas A. 
Edison, or a Billy Graham. We feel 
a certain respect for those who 
stand a cut above the ordinary. 

As I walked around at our local 
flea market one Saturday, I stopped 
to listen to a man playing one of 
the musical instruments he was 
selling ... a guitar. As I stood there 
an elderly gentleman walked up. 
His back was bent, his hair white in 
color, and his skin had a dark 
leathery appearance— as if he 
worked outdoors a lot. The man 
playing the guitar didn't speak a 
word. He simply reached out, 
picked up a mandolin, handed it to 
the new arrival and went right back 
to playing the guitar. The old 
gentleman with the mandolin sat 
down. With ease his gnarled fingers 
darted over the strings like startled 
minnows in a pool of clear water. 
The excellence with which he 
played, I am sure, came from long 
years of practice. Longfellow puts 
it this way: 

The height by great men reached 

and kept were not attained by 

sudden flight. 
But they, when their companions 

slept, were toiling upward in 

the night. 
In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2, the 
Apostle Paul is encouraging his re- 
cent converts to excel in the area of 
their Christian conduct. The apostle 
wasted no time. With two words he 
appeals directly to the will: request— 
"You will, won't you?" and ex- 
/70/-f— the picture of putting his arm 
around them and giving encourage- 
ment. You see, he knew there is no 
commitment to excellence unless 
the will is penetrated and a deci- 
sion is made. The appeal is made on 

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the basis of and by the authority of 
the Lord Jesus. Paul is careful to 
show them, and us, that these in- 
structions came from our Lord, and 
Paul is just endorsing what our 
Lord Jesus commanded. (Notice 
that verse 2 also emphasizes this.) 

Two other words in verse 1 tell 
us the task of excelling in our con- 
duct is not to be questioned but 
obeyed. The word received has the 
emphasis on an external acceptance 
not a subjective evaluation of the 
instruction. In other words, do 
what is said, don't try to evaluate 
wliy we are to do it. The other 
word is the word ougtit. This word 
carries the idea of a moral obliga- 
tion. We are to excel in our conduct 
because Jesus said so and because it 
is the right thing to do. Issue 

Notice the purpose for this ex- 
cellence in conduct is to please 
God. That puts things in the right 
perspective. He is the One who sets 
the standards by which we measure 
excellence and He is the inspector. 
Aren't you glad He is loving and un- 
biased in His evaluation? We don't 
have to meet the approval of man's 
standard for excellence. The New 
American Standard has the words, 
"just as you actually do walk." I 
believe they belong there. Paul is a 
master motivator. He is quick to 
praise the Thessalonians for the 
excellence of conduct they have 
already displayed. In doing this he 
is dwelling on the positive and is 
setting positive goals. It is al- 
ways better to set a goal to be 
reached in positive language that 
motivates, rather than negative 
language and goals which tend to 

Notice how Paul shows us how 
we are never to be satisfied and 
static in our Christian conduct. He 
is motivating us to expand and 
stretch our walk to a new level of 

exellence. He puts it like this— "that 
you may excel still more." Just 
about the time we start feeling 
comfortable with our excellence in 
our walk, we discover another area 
that needs to be stretched and ex- 
panded and we see a new area in 
which we need to excel. That is the 
challenge of the Christian life. We 
are never bored but always stretch- 
ing. Let's close with four simple but 
piercing questions. 

1) How are you coming in the 
area of excellence of conduct? 

2) Have you ever let God break 
your will in that area which 
needs to be stretched and ex- 
panded? It is probably that 
area you are thinking about 
right now. 

3) What kind of people do you 
spend time with? Are they 
the kind who challenge you 
and move you toward excel- 
lence in your Christian life? 

4) What about those people who 
spend time with you? Do you 
challenge them and stretch 
them toward excellence in 
Christian conduct? If not, 
why not? 

One closing verse, I believe, 
brings into focus the power for ex- 
celling in the Christian life. In the 
very next chapter Paul expresses 
the source of excellence— "Faithful 
is He who calls you, and He also 
will bring it to pass" (1 Thess. 
5:24). ■ 




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587. Winona Lahe.iN ■ 46590 

^^ftjo/tmation ai a Qhnco, 

Area: The urban community of Le Creusot/' 

Montceau, France 
Size: 100,000 
Missionaries at worl<: The Griffiths and the • 

Date work began: August 1982 
Thumbnail sicetch of the work: Building up 

the group of existing Christians and 


Pressing prayer request: The contacts will be 
open to the Gospel 

Le Creusot/ 

The French are nominally Catholic, but the church means nothing in their daily lives 

by Dave Hobert 

Le Creusot and Montceau-les- 
Mines are two cities of about 
50,000 people each in southwestern 
France. This area is the location of 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' 
most recent evangelism and church- 
planting effort in France. 

Here are some answers to ques- 
tions people ask about our ministry 
in Le Creusot/Montceau-les-Mines 
(pronounced lay-crew-so / mon-so- 

How are the members of the 
church-planting team in Le Creusot 
and Montceau-les-Mines actively 
sharing their faith? 

A few nights ago the Hoberts 
were invited over to the home of 

some friends for a casual evening 
together. Upon arrival, they were 
introduced to another couple who 
was very surprised to discover that 
there were Americans living in 
Montceau. They were even more 
astonished to learn that Dave is a 
pastor (in French, "Pasteur"). After 
a few jokes about Louis Pasteur and 
the Hoberts' desire to "pasteurize" 
France, an interesting discussion 
took place. 

"Are you against the Catholic 
church? You believe in heaven and 
hell? It's impossible to have a New 
Testament church today!" Then, 
"Would you still have faith in God 
if your wife died tomorrow?" And, 
finally, "How did you meet God?" 

What an opportunity to respond 
to these questions and statements 

The church-planting team is Dave, 
Susan, and Jessica Griffith; and 
Dave, Susie, Ryan, and Julie Hobert. 

and to share Christ! 

A few weeks ago, a lady selling 
dictionaries came to the Griffiths' 
home. After they had ordered one, 
the lady returned to see if they 
might be interested in any other 
books, including a beautifully 
decorated collector's Bible. 

"We already have a number of 
Bibles in our home, and the Bible 
to us is more than a decoration," 
Susan replied. 




The nucleus group includes (top row, I. to r.): Philippe, Hedwige, Gilles, Dave, Susan, and Jessica; Ibottoni 
row, I. to r.): Reynald, Mrs. Kozychi, Marie-Christine (with Isabelle), Rene, Susie, Dave, Ryan, and Julie. 

— France's Budding Church 

"I've heard it is a good bool<, 
but I've never read it," said the 
saleslady and then added, "Sinceri- 
ty is the thing that really counts in 
life." At that time some verses, in- 
cluding John 14:6 were shared. 
This lady and her family from Le 
Creusot don't yet understand how 
Jesus can be the only way, but she 
is reading about it in her own 
Gospel of John. 

Encounters like these are weekly 
happenings for our church-planting 
team. Meeting people, building 
friendships in a natural way, and 
sharing Christ with them are basic 
to church planting. We relate per- 
sonally to people through natural 
bridges of friendship that already 
exist between us. For Dave Griffith, 
it's the community choir in Le 
Creusot; for the Dave Hoberts it's 
sports and parents of Ryan's friends 
at school; for the whole team it's 
our American identity, our love for 
music, our concern for the family. 

and our enjoying entertaining in 
our homes. 

When we meet someone in town, 
their first question is always "Why 
are you here?"— not a bad lead in! 

A big part of sharing Christ is 
through web-relationships; that is, 
reaching out to the family and 
friends of the existing Christians. 
The Frenchman will only be won to 
Christ through friendship in which 
the missionary relates personally to 
him and shows love and concern. 

Why was the area of Le Creusot/ 
Montceau-les-Mlnes chosen? 

The number one answer has to 
be the spiritual need. It would be 
difficult to imagine a population 
center of over 100,000 people in 
the United States with only a little 
over 100 true Christians, but that is 
the exact situation in the urban 
community of Le Creusot/ 
Montceau. The long time desire of 
our France team to begin a church- 

planting effort became a reality in 
August 1982, after Dave and Susan 
Griffith and Dave and Susie Hobert 
finished ten months of language 
school and one year of internship in 
our Chalon and Macon churches. 

The area's proximity to the 
Chateau of St. Albain (just over an 
hour away) is another answer. Our 
group can go there for an afternoon 
or a weekend with non-Christian 
friends to share the Gospel openly 
in a relaxed atmosphere. 

How would you describe the cities 
and the people? 

Both cities are industrial. Le 
Creusot, where the Griffiths live, is 
a steel-making city, known world- 
wide for its "Creusot- Loire" cook- 
ware. The Hoberts reside in Mont- 
ceau, just 12 miles from Le Creusot. 
The people are generally friendly 
and come from close families which 
are traditionally, but nominally. 
Catholic. (Continued on page 14) 


(Continued from page 13) 

The Hoberts live in the 
center of Montceau, 
behind these apartment 

How can we pray for the existing 
group of Christians? 

It would help if you knew a 
little about them. Philippe and 
Hedwige, from Montceau, and 
Gilles and Marie-Christine, from 
near Le Creusot, were associated 
with our Chalon church. It's excit- 
ing to see the latter couple sharing 
their faith at the rehabilitation 
center where they work. Jean-Luc, 
a friend of Philippe's, has shown in- 
terest in the Gospel and studies the 
Bible weekly with Dave Robert. 
Reynald, two years old in his Chris- 

tian life, has already led his mom to 
the Lord, and his sister accepted 
Christ in the Hoberts' home. Rene, 
from Le Creusot, came to us saying, 
"I'm looking for a church that 
really teaches the Bible." His wife, 
Joelle, studied the Gospel of John 
with Susan Griffith, but so far has 
rejected Christ. Pray that each one 
in the nucleus group will grow in 
his Christian life and share his faith. 

Could you give us an idea of your 
activities and meetings? 

A Sunday morning worship serv- 

ice and midweek Bible study and 
prayer meeting were started in 
October 1982. We have evangelistic 
weekends at the Chateau, youth 
camps, a decentralized Bible insti- 
tute, outreach evenings through 
films, music or discussions, "Dis- 
covering Jesus Christ" groups . . . 
all "to know Christ and to make 
Him known." 

It takes a lot of patience, prayer, 
and perseverance to plant a church 
in France, but we're trying with 
God's help. Your support is a great 
encouragement to us. ■ 

The group is presently 

meeting in homes for 

Sunday worship, Bible 

study, and prayer 




BER '83 FMS: 

Mexico City will soon be the largest city in the world. 

The Key to Expansion 

by Tom Sharp 

Have you ever prayed for one particular thing for 
years? We here in IVlexico City have. And, a very 
exciting thing is now happening as a result. The Lord 
is answering our prayers of more than 18 years. 

The congregation in Mexico City is purchasing 
land for a church building, enabling us to move out of 
the homes in which we have been meeting! 

In January of 1983, Pastor Sergio Lopez and I be- 
gan to look for land on which to build. After much 
prayer and searching, the Lord directed us to a 
nearby suburb, Apatlaco. A move to there would 
mean a change in our area of outreach, since it is a 
lower class than where we presently are. But Apatlaco 
has always been open to the Gospel, so we trusted the 
Lord and began to negotiate on a piece of land. 

Our first attempt was rather frustrating. We found 
land right in the heart of Apatlaco. It was in an excel- 
lent location, but the man who was selling it is an 
alcoholic. He never gave a direct answer to any of our 
questions. It was very disappointing. After prayer, we 
decided to look elsewhere. 

The Lord directed us to another piece of property 
that was much better. It is located between two 
colonias (suburbs). On one side is a lower middle-class 
area and on the other, an upper-lower-class. Many 

people are beginning to build their homes in this area, 
and it is expanding rapidly. The location really offers 
excellent possibilities of reaching both classes easily 
and will allow the church to grow with the neighbor- 
hoods. God answered our prayers even more abun- 
dantly than we imagined! 

The woman who is selling the property had 
planned to build a three-story home on the property. 
After building the first-story walls, she was married 
and didn't need the land. This first-story wall will 
provide an excellent start to our construction. 

Now we are patiently waiting on the government 
to finish with its red tape, so we can make the final 
purchase of the land. Pray that it will happen soon. 

As a church, we have begun visitation in this area, 
anticipating our move there. The Lord has blessed in 
that we now have two Bible studies with close to 34 
attending. Every day the new converts are growing 
stronger spiritually, and the people in our congre- 
gation are enthusiastic to share their faith with 
others. What an answer to prayer! 

We hope to obtain the title to the land soon so we 
can begin to build. It's a big step for our church. 
However, we know the Lord will continue to hear 
and answer our prayers, and the work will continue 
to expand. ■ 




by Dr. William Walker 

SOS ... so 

We want to thank you for your continued prayers 
and financial support of our medical ministries here 
in the Central African Republic. The Lord has given 
us many dedicated missionary and national workers. 
The responsibilities these national leaders have are 
great, and we need to pray especially that they will 
remain faithful in their Christian testimony and that 
they would have wisdom in dealing with the many 
difficult medical, as well as spiritual, problems for 
which they are asked to care. 

When we first arrived on the field in 1969, two 
doctors and a dozen missionary nurses were working 
directly in the medical program. However, fears were 
expressed that the emphasis on the medical work had 
been too great; not enough emphasis had been given 
to the pastoral ministries. 

As the years have passed, the "institutional" 
ministries have become more and more directly cared 
for by the national church. Our medical missionary 
staff has decreased severely, so now we have only one 
doctor on the field and only three nurses in "full- 
time" medical service. (There are several nurses 
involved in missionary health care on the various 
stations but not involved in the national health 

Emphasis on challenging doctors and nurses to 
come and be involved has decreased. Some have 

OS . 

Dr. Walker performs surgery with the assistance of 
trained nationals. 

Dr. Dave Daugherty 
will soon be 
reopening the 
dental work in the 

stated that since the program of indigenization with 
the national medical program has progressed so well, 
medical missionaries are no longer needed. 

Not true! 

Granted, probably 98 percent of the daily work 
load is done by trained nationals, the finance office 
and pharmacy are staffed by nationals, spiritual 
leaderships are held by national leaders with a full- 
time chaplain at our two hospitals; but much more 
still needs to be done in counseling these leaders, 
assisting them as they grow in their positions, teaching 
continued medical education, upgrading the training 
already received in obstetrics, surgery, and medicine, 
and improving our pediatric training. A base has been 
established, but I'm afraid a false sense of security 

We have not yet worked ourselves out of a job. 
We are thrilled with the knowledge that a new doctor 
and dentist and their families will soon be added to 
our staff. They are urgently needed. 

We are still in need of surgical nurses and maternity 
nurses at our two surgical centers of Yaloke and 
Boguila. We desperately need two national doctors; 
but until that can be accomplished, we need to have a 
second American doctor on the field all the time. 

Needed areas of health care and training have been 
let go, so urgent station items that occur each week 
can be cared for. The Boguila station needs a full- 
time handyman/mechanic to care for the day-by-day 
nonmedical chores. 

Surely somewhere in the Brethren Church there 
are some single men or couples who would dedicate 
themselves to help at the Boguila and Yaloke stations 
in maintenance, so that pastors and doctors could be 
freed to do the jobs for which they were trained. 

Some of the medical areas we have not been able 




SOS . . . SOS . . . SOS . 

to do or give sufficient training in, because of lacl< of 
personnel and available time, are: comnnunity health 
care teaching procedures, X-ray technique, anesthesia, 
upgrading the pediatric "under 5s" clinic program, 
bimonthly visits by the doctor to the 20 bush 
dispensaries (over which the church medical program 
has supervision), expanding the current laboratory 
capabilities to do blood chemistries and serologies, 
and reestablishing a program for midwife training 
with possible training of the bush "traditional 
midwives." Many more areas exist that just cannot 
be cared for with the current missionary staff. 

Our mission "strategy" dictates that we not create 
anything that could not be continued if missionary 
personnel were no longer allowed to contribute their 
services. Once established, the majority of the 
previously mentioned training areas can be continued, 
even in our absence. 

The wise guidance of our pioneer medical mission- 
aries has brought us a long way toward providing 
good health care to the nationals by the nationals, but 
in recent months we have been spinning our wheels 
trying to fill the current needs with the lack of 
missionary personnel. 

Currently missionaries do not have the final say in 
regard to much of the strategy of the church medical 
work itself— it rests in the hands of nine African 
pastors who comprise the board of directors. This 
board selects a director, who in turn heads up the 
program. We, then, are the counselors who are given 
chances to present our ideas. For the most part, a 
meeting of the minds can be had without too much 
controversy concerning strategy. 

If we do not soon receive the needed missionary 
personnel to keep up the current level of training 
and upgrade the items already mentioned, we are 
going to find ourselves losing what we do have. We 
have a great opportunity to add to the church out- 
reach ministry without adding very many more 
personnel. But we must better supervise the work 
we already have or a poor quality of health care and 
sloppy financial handling can easily result ... we are 

We have been very proud of our entire medical 
force for the first six months of 1983; they have 
worked hard. Although our expenses have exceeded 

our budget almost by $10,000, we are currently 
running in the black. This is in contrast to many 
other mission medical programs who depend upon 
considerable outside sources to meet their budget. 
We can be proud of our national financial directors 
who keep tabs on these items. They need our prayers 
as they handle over $200,000 each year that comes in 
medical care receipts. 

Yaloke medical center needs two R.N.s who are 
surgically oriented to help in the daily surgical 
program and another R.N. or midwife to care for 
maternity cases. Mary Ann Habegger is there alone 
and would certainly welcome some help. 

Evelyn Tschetter, who was involved in training midwives, is 
no longer in the medical work. A gap exists in this area. 

A doctor stationed at Yaloke has been suggested 
for years and, as we see the steady increase in the 
surgical load there, it appears that we soon will need 
either a national doctor or missionary doctor to fill 
this need. 

The medical buildings at Yaloke are in disrepair 
and a builder is urgently needed to spend several 
months doing repairs to keep what we have from 
deteriorating. The new surgical unit will soon be 
completed and ready for service, then the post- 
operative ward building is next on the list to 
complete the building needs at this time. 

Boguila has two R.N.s who are in full-time surgical 

(Continued on page 19) 




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lj t ^i^s, A 

by Lois Wilson 

I could honestly say I had never 
been to a church dedication. Not in 
the States nor out here in the 
Central African Republic. What? A 
missionary who had never been to a 
church dedication? 

Well, I can't say that anymore! 
Today we went to one at Nzapoye 
(we being the four Austins, Mary 
Cripe, and myself). Yes, John, our 
trusty helper, also went in case we 
needed him to help us get up the 
hills on the return trip. And he was 
needed to clear away some rocks 
that were blocking the road. 

But to get back to the dedica- 
tion. We left Nzoro at 7 a.m. and 
noticed along the way that clouds 
were building up on the horizon. 
What could that mean? 

Well, it is rainy season— the thick 
of it. And, sure enough, we had just 
arrived at Nzapoye at 8:15 a.m., 
after a very, very rocky trip, when 
the rain drops began to fall. The 
local pastor told us that a house 
was nearby where we could go and 
stay out of the rain. It was a big, 
eleven-room house with an alumi- 
num roof, so we did stay nice and 
dry as the rain poured. 

The house belonged to a very en- 

terprising man who had saved his 
money to build a large one. His 
family was also large— several chil- 
dren and four wives! He said that 
he had been a church member, but 
that the things of the world had 
overpowered him, so he was no 
longer a member. He was told 
about the helping power of the 

"If a man falls into a mud 
puddle, doesn't he get up, wash 
himself, and go on?" It gave him 
something to think about. He was 
also given a tract in Sango about 
the reason for Christ's death and 
resurrection. He took the tract out- 
side and, sitting on the veranda, 
proceeded to read all of it out 

Meanwhile, we six were inside 
keeping dry. One of the host's chil- 
dren served us fresh peanuts, then 
tea and bread. Later, the pastor and 
a deacon came with more tea (al- 
ways with lots of sugar) and more 
bread. Oh, I forgot. We had first 
been served tea while at the church. 
Three cups of tea are almost too 

As we waited inside, Gary 
worked on his sermon, Jean worked 
on a WMC lesson, Mary memorized 
verses, Mark read a Narnia book, I 
worked on Bible verse drills for 

girls. Jonathan Austin? Well, he 
kind of worked on asking questions 
and wishing it would stop raining. 
About 1 p.m. it did almost stop. So 
we returned to the church and 
joined the gathered crowd for the 
dedication service. 

The ordained elder from Nzoro, 
our local Pastor Joseph, was there 
to open the doors of the church. 
We proceeded inside. The church 
was filled, maybe 500 people, with 
men on the left, women on the 
right, choir and missionaries in 
front, and eight pastors on the plat- 

The program began with singing 
one of the Africans' favorite 
hymns, "Bringing in the Sheaves." 
They really love that hymn and can 
really sing it. There were prayers, 
choir numbers, a good quartet num- 
ber, and then the sermons. Gary 
preached first, then a pastor from a 
nearby church spoke. 

Next came the offering. The 
people are always reminded that 
the Bible says that God loves a 
cheerful giver. So they gave cheer- 
fully while the choir sang lustily. 
But, they didn't give just once. Oh, 
no! That would be too routine. 
Some gave several times. In the 
Central African Republic you 
march to the front of the church 

:18movember-83 FMIS: 

(Continued from page 18) 

and place your offering in the 
proper dish, either the one for men 
or the one for women. 

For the dedication they tool< 
out the regular little pots and 
brought in basins. They were antici- 
pating a big offering. I don't know 
what the total amount given was, 
but it looked like several thousand 

During the sermons I had a 
couple Bibles pushed under my 
nose with the pleas to "find the 
place for me." Then there was 
someone's watch to please wind. 
Like I said, this was my first church 
dedication, so I really didn't know 
what to expect. 

The service finally ended. We 
were ushered outside and once 
more sat in a row and waited, this 
time to be served food. All visitors 
from other churches were fed. And 

there were many. The pastor and 
his wife served the six of us in their 
home. Jean, Mary, and I sat at one 
table; while Gary, Mark, and 
Jonathan sat at another. 

First, we were handed soap and 
a bowl of warm water for washing 
our hands. Then we uncovered the 
food bowls and found goat and 
sauce and Gozo (manioc) boule. 
Boule is a very thick mush that you 
can break off with your fingers, dip 
into the sauce and eat. It was tasty 
food. Oh, yes, there was also boiled 
and filtered water. 

While we were eating, John, our 
helper, was selling literature— Bibles, 
Gospels of John, and Bible Ques- 

The rain stopped and the sun 
was trying to break through. It 
finally did on the way home. 
Traveling back, three of us were in 
the front and five were in the back 

of our Peugeot, a leaky truck. How- 
ever, it wasn't too bad. The back 
covering had been reinforced with 
one tablecloth, one shower curtain, 
and sheets of plastic. A couple 
times, as the truck bounced over 
rocks, we all got sprinkled. But, all 
in all, it wasn't too bad of a ride. 

It is not easy to be a driver out 
here; some of our hills are very 
rocky, others very muddy. The 
Lord shows us His loving care each 
time we go out. 

We arrived home at 4:15 p.m., 
glad to be home and glad for the 
good day we had had sharing God's 
goodness with the people of 
Nzapoye. Now I can say I've been 
to a church dedication. 

Different? Yes. There was no 
organ music nor padded pews. The 
love of Christ was felt, however, 
and I was glad to have been there! ■ 

(Continued from page 17) 


service: Joyce Deacon and Carolyn Kodear. A third 
could certainly be used to help fill in for furlough 
times, as well as help in the maternity program. 

If we project ourselves to 1985, we will have the 
Masons, the Hines, the Daughertys, Joyce, Carolyn, 
and Margaret Hull on our Boguila station. That's 
great! However, to have someone here handling just 
the stations needs would release those to do the jobs 
for which they are trained. 

Pray with us for the following personnel: 

1) Two national doctors 

2) Another American doctor— with anesthesia 


3) Two or three R.N.s or midwives— one with 

anesthesia training 

4) Two single men or two couples to give full-time 

attention to station upkeep and hospitality 
Pray with us concerning these needs! Thanks for 
your support and interest. 

Sincerely in Christ, 

^jjU UJaJku^ 

Dr. Bill Walker 

Boguila Medical Center, C.A. R. 

Don't Let It Happen, 

by John W. Zielasko 

For the past two years Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions has ended the year with a surplus 
in income. 

For the five years pervious to that, offerings 
did not meet expenditures, and we built up a 
sizable deficit ($243,349). 

Recent offerings, although good, have not 
been sufficient to clear the past deficit com- 

New appointees were not delayed but sent 
to language school, even though, in some cases, 
their support will not be assumed by churches 
until January 1984. 

The financial drain that this five-month 
grace period places on the Society is cause for 
concern. It is, in view of present offerings, 
heading us into a deficit. 

Don't let this happen! Keep your Foreign 
Missionary Society offerings coming! 

Our missionaries cannot do their work with- 
out your support. 

Let's all work together toward the fulfill- 
ment of the Great Commission. ■ 




hoping to help 

in Christior 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Brad Sl<iles, Director of Administration 
Sue Ril<e, SMM Coordinator 

GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 


ChuAch 9^ io^ JjushjcU 

Let's put the cookies on the bottom shelf: We like to be 
needed and we like to receive people into our hearts, too. 

If the primary purpose for church is salvation and 
growth— and I believe that, the secondary purpose is friend- 

By friendship I'm referring to the whole ball of edifi- 
cation and mutual encouragement and discipleship, people 
helping people in love. 

We all need friends, and church is where we ought to be 
able to find them readily. Easily. Quickly. Lovingly. And 

Enter the enemy. 

The enemy of friendship is Satan, and his tricks relate to 
keeping us so busy we can't make friends . . . magnifying 
little hurts so that friendships are broken . . . causing jealo- 
sies or envies or misunderstandings so that mutual goals are 
not pursued. 

So churches must fight hard. We must come out here in 
the second half of the game and play for all we're worth to 
build the friendships that can give strength to the church 
that is marching into the world to share the gospel of 

If you can't make friends at church, you're in big 
trouble. And so is the church. 

If we cannot assume that friends will stand with us in 
our troubles, comfort us in our frustrations, and bleed with 
us when we're wounded, we might as well all stay home and 
worship our Best Friend alone. 

But He, our Saviour and friend— what a Friend!— has 
urged us to get together and be His friends and each other's. 
He has told us that the common and identifying factor in 
our relationships should be love. "By this will all men know 
you are mine ..." 

Be a friend. Call one today. Or make one. Start from 

May I just remind us of some of the friendship relation- 
ships that ought to be blossoming in our churches, those of 
any size: 

1. Wife to husband and husband to wife and parent to 
child and vice versa. 

The church ought to be a place where friendships are 
built within families. That is, the church doesn't keep 
separating husbands and wives and children and parents, 
but keeps presenting principles and ideas and activities that 

help them grow together as friends. 

2. Friendship for a new believer— every brand-new Chris-, 
tian deserves a very close friend who can help guide in those 
early walking stages. Someone who can catch him as he 
stumbles, point him to Scripture, help him through some 
basic-belief booklets, and pray with him. 

3. Teacher to pupil— if any child should have a friend at 
church, it ought to be his Sunday school teacher. That 
means some contact during the week, and in the home. It 
means a few minutes before class and after, and not just a 
straight lecture and shot in the arm. 

It's true with adult classes, too. The teacher ought to be 
transparent, and sharing as a friend who is growing and 
learning and struggling, too. 

4. Pastor to people— the friendship usually cannot be 
so intimate that it's buddy-buddy with everyone, but 
people can let a pastor know that he's their friend. It 
is a matter of support. It's love. It's prayer. It's stand- 
ing together in hard times. 

While tensions often exist, this friendship ought to be 
one of the most beautiful in the world. It weathers storms. 
The shepherd and the sheep walk together. 

5. Brother to brother and sister to sister— if fellowship 
is a cup of coffee in one hand at a quick reception, we are 
all in trouble. Those things may help. But church people 
need time to share before adult classes and after and in 
homes. Socials are meant for relaxing moments. Fellow- 
ships after the evening service, or sometime during the 
week— to talk about Christ but also children. To review 
frustrations and faith, giant questions and joys. 

Friends who make it like this in a church are going to 
honor IVIatthew 18:15-17. They won't be talking behind 
each other's backs, but will be patting each other on the 
back\ They will relax as well as sing, "Crown Him With 
Many Crowns." 

There's no place like church for a good friend. It helps 
you in the other friendships, with the touches with the 
outside world. 

It helps you with connections with God. 

It builds you in your strength at home. 

What a friend we have in Jesus and in the church! 

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th, and church growth 

Our Salute to Faithfulness! 

•rmor Mthni of fitmstrij 

Our award is insignificant to the heavenly awards awaiting Williard Smith. In 
honoring iVlr. Snnith with CE's Senior iVledal of Ministry, we recognize his faithful serv- 
ice of 50 years and his example in Christian living. 

A member of the Grace Brethren Church in Minerva, Ohio, Williard Smith has 
served as vice moderator, Sunday school superintendent, trustee, adult Sunday school 
teacher, usher, janitor, coordinator of Here's Life, Stockade leader, and much more. 
In addition to local church ministries, Mr. Smith has served on the board of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council for nine years, is a public-relations representative for Moody 
Bible Institute, and has been involved locally and on a state level with the Gideons and Child Evangelism 

The members at Minerva recommended Williard for this honor, praising his boldness in sharing Christ, 
sensitivity to others, consistency in commitments and beliefs, and his faithfulness to his Lord. 
We, too, join those members in honoring Williard Smith, a faithful senior servant. 

Williard Smith 

Two Resurrected Churches 

GBC Christian Education honored 
two churches for outstanding "come- 
backs." The awards, presented at the 
National CE Convention in August, 
went to the Heights Grace Brethren 
Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico; 
and the Fairlawn Grace Brethren 
Church in Akron, Ohio. 

The Heights GBC passed from 
"death" unto life in the last year. Pas- 
tor Mark Henning arrived at the 
church in its twelfth year and when all 
services had ground to a halt. Mark 
found no interest from previous at- 
tenders in continuing the church's 

Thanks to the sacrificial help of the 
Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren 
Church in Mission Viejo, California, in 
sending one elder, two deacons, and 
three deaconesses to Albuquerque; and 
the Grace Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, California, for their generous 
financial support. Pastor Mark's dream 
of revitalizing the church was possible. 
Three Saddleback Valley families 
formed the core group of 13 members 
in 1982. One year later, over 75 
people are regularly attending the 

resurrected church. 

Reflecting on the solid growth in 
attendance and programs. Pastor 
Henning wrote, "In essence, what- 
ever success we achieved has been be- 
cause we have followed the biblical 
pattern of sending out individuals who 
were already doing the 'ministry' in 
one location." 

For the second resurrected church, 
the new growth began in 1979. After 
27 years of fluctuating growth, a dis- 
couraged group of 35 Akron attenders 
welcomed their new pastor. Ken 
Brown. Two years later, Sunday morn- 
ing attendance averaged a solid 100. 

CE Board Member Don 
Byers (center) congrat- 
lates Ken Brown (left) 
of Akron, Ohio; and 
Mark Henning (right) 
of Albuquerque, New 
Mexico, for resurrecting 
their churches. 

Now their growth includes over 150 
on Sunday mornings. 

The numerical growth at Akron 
GBC also reflects internal growth. The 
church and pastor have worked hard 
to establish a new image and positive 
spirit. Changes to an elder form of 
government, need-oriented Sunday 
school classes and ministries, and bul- 
letins and newsletters that reflect their 
quality image have all helped to bring 
this church back to life. 

To these two new churches we give 
honor for their hard work in bringing 
life and enthusiasm to discouraging 


1983 NAC Winners and Scholarships Other Winners 


Interp. Scrip. Memorial 
Interp. Scrip. Memorial 
Teen Challenge Speaker 
Teen Challenge Speaker 
Teen Evangelist Speaker 
Teen Evangelist Speaker 
Teen Teacher 
Teen Teacher 
Original Art 
Original Art 
Christian Writing 
Christian Writing 
Original Poetry 
Original Poetry 
SMM Girl of the Year 
SMM Runner Up 
Piano Solo 
Piano Solo 
Pre-Tuned Inst. Solo 
Instrumental Solo 
Instrumental Solo 
Original Music Comp. 
Group Song Leader 
Vocal Solo I — Men 
Vocal Solo I— Men 
Vocal Solo I— Women 
Vocal Solo I— Women 

Vocal Solo ll-Men 

Vocal Solo ll-Men 

Vocal Solo II— Women 

Vocal Solo II— Women 

Large Vocal Ensemble 

Large Vocal Ensemble 

Youth Choir 

Youth Choir 

Small Vocal Ensemble 

Small Vocal Ensemble 

Instrumental Ensemble 





Dramatic Arts— Small 

Dramatic Arts— Small 

Dramatic Arts— Large 

Dramatic Arts— Large 


Kim Wilbur, PL, 1st 
Kent Kauffman, IMA, 2nd 
Kingston Wall, NCO, 1st 
Scott Fetter, NEO, 2nd 
Scott Murrill, MAD, 1st 
Shelton Thompson, ALL, 2nd 
Jackie Gelsinger, NA, 1st 
Kim Wilbur, FL, 2nd 
Nell Geisel, WP, 1st 
Neil Geisel, WP, 2nd 
Deb Little, NA, 1st 
Kathy Aulger, NCO, 2nd 
Molly Cline, MAD, 1st 
Molly Cline, MAD, 2nd 
Sharon Diffenderfer, NA 
Kathy Aulger, NCO 
John Bush, NCO, 1st 
Jim Miller, NEO, 2nd 
Jim Riley, WP, 2nd 
Grant Williams, NC, 1st 
Jenny DeYoung, IN, 2nd 
Ben England, MAD, 1st 
Stan Kurtz, NA, 1st 
Andrew Irvin, NCO, 1st 
David Hasker, MAD, 2nd 
Jan Hawley, N. Cal, 1st 
Donna Bashore, NA, 2nd 

Greg Miller, NEO, 1st 

Mike Saldivar, IN, 2nd 

Cheryl Swanner, NW, 1st 

Sheila Stiffler, WP, 2nd 

Maranatha Ensemble, MAD, 1st 

Whispering Winds, WP, 2nd 

Alethia, NA, 1st 

Maranatha Youth Choir, MAD, 2nd 

Horney, Royer, Campbell, NEO, 1st 

Bashores, NA, 2nd 

Zimmerman, Martin, NA, 1st 

Felpel, NA, 1st 

Jones, Hicks, IN, 2nd 

Orange City Players, FL, 1st 

Puppets of Praise, NCO, 2nd 

Flick, Combs, NEO, 1st 

Musser, NA, 2nd 

Christian Light Drama, NCO, 1st 

Parable, NA, 2nd 


NAC Sports 



Boy's Basketball NEO, 1st 

Boy's Basketball WP, 2nd 

Ken Russell Memorial 


Mixed Volleyball NEO, 1st 

Grace College 

$ 50.00 

Quiz Team— 1st Place NEO 

National Ministerium 


Chariinp RnriAr 

National Ministerium 


Beth Christner 

Board of Evangelism 


John Frame 

Board of Evangelism 


Michelle Moch 

H. Etiing Memorial (CE) 


Stephany Glance 

H. Etiing Memorial (CE) 

$ 75.00 

Stella Crosby 

Grace College 


Coach: Elsie Wiley 

Grace College 

$ 50.00 

{Each team member receives 

Herald Company 


$500 in scholarships from 

Herald Company 


GBC Christian Education) 

Herald Company 


Herald Company 

$ 75.00 

Quiz Team-2nd Place WP 

National WMC 
National SMM 

$ 50.00 

Dan Gregory 
Becky Meredith 
Scott Reiter 

Grace College 


Steve Dunn 

Grace College 


Aaron Hooks 

Grace College 


Jamie Jefferies 

Grace College 


Coach: Rick Stiffler 

Grace College 


(Each member receives a $20 



gift certificate from BMH) 

Home Missions Council 


All Star Quizzers 

David Tittle Memorial 


Jeff Patten- IN 

Grace College 

$ 50.00 

John Van Zwieten-NCO 

Leila Polman Schlp. 


Charline Bonar— NEO 

Leila Polman Schlp. 

$ 50.00 

Cheryl Bruce-SO 

Leo Polman Memorial 


Dan Siegrist-FL 

Leo Polman Memorial 

$ 50.00 

(Each all-star quizzer receives 

Grace College 


a $500 scholarship from 

Grace College 

$ 50.00 

Grace Schools) 

Youth Group of the Year— 

GBC, Ashland, OH 
Spitshine Award— Virginia District 

1983 Operation Barnabas 
Alumnus Award 








Founders of Grace Brethren Church of Waimalu, are Rev. and Mrs. Edmond 
Leech at their home in California. 


20 Years 
of Prayer in Haw^aii 

by Jane T. Nakamura 


The Lord never fails! He truly 
answers prayers and the multicul- 
tural congregation of the Waimalu 
Grace Brethren Church had nothing 
but praise for the Lord as they 
looked forward to the dedication 
service of their newly completed 
church and separate educational 
building after more than 20 years 
of praying and waiting on the Lord. 
This long-awaited dedication service 
took place on August 28. Our 
honored guests were Pastor and 
Mrs. Edmund Leech and their son 
Jonathan of the Bellflower Brethren 
Church in Bellflower, California. 
Pastor Leech founded the Waimalu 
Grace Brethren Church back in 
January 1960. What a long way the 
Lord has brought the church since 
that time. 

Where and how did this church 
begin? We need to go back to early 
in the year of 1958 when the 
Leeches were in Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana, waiting for God's guidance. 
They would frequently "dream" of 
serving the Lord in some place 
where their experiences gained in 
China would be useful. 

The Leeches had served one 
term with the China Inland Mission, 
but Mr. Leech was prevented from 
returning by a bout with tuber- 

After recovery, while enroute 
from his native New Zealand to the 
USA, the Leeches' ship docked in 
Honolulu for a day and they 
became aware of the many Oriental 
residents in Hawaii. They discussed 

how wonderful it would be if the 
Lord allowed them to serve Him 
there so they could win these 
Oriental and other souls for Christ. 

Back in the USA, Mr. Leech at- 
tended Grace Theological Seminary 
for further biblical studies. They 
learned that the Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Society had the 
desire to send a second missionary 
couple to Hawaii. Remembering 
the many Oriental residents in 
Hawaii, they felt a strange "tug- 
ging" in their hearts. After two 
months of waiting upon the Lord 
for further guidance, they ap- 
proached Dr. Russell D. Barnard, 
executive secretary of the GBFMS. 
Much to their surprise. Dr. Barnard 
told them that he had been waiting 
for two months to talk to them. 
Our wonderful Lord had opened 
the way— the Leeches applied to 
GBFMS, were accepted, and they 
arrived in Hawaii on October 26, 
1959. "To everything there is a 
season, and a time to every purpose 
under the heaven . . . ." (Eccl. 3: 1). 

Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise of 
the Waipio Grace Brethren Church 
on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, 
kindly greeted and hosted the 

The Lord laid Waimalu, a newly 
developed suburb of Honolulu only 
a few miles from Pearl Harbor, on 
their hearts. At that time, Waimalu 
was a small town of 500 homes and 
a few shops. The Lord worked in 
the heart of Mrs. Glenn Nakasone 
as she was the "first one to extend 
the "Come in" invitation. She and 
her son, Earle, accepted the Lord, 
making her the first adult convert. 

Her husband, Glenn, accepted the 
Lord a year later. 

With Mrs. Nakasone's conver- 
sion, the Leeches were encouraged 
to start a church service following 
the Sunday school hour. Three 
adults attended with a few of the 
older Sunday school students- 
no beginning is too small for the 
Lord, as we were soon to learn. 
Although the Leeches did not think 
it fitting to mention an offering 
that first Sunday, God had His own 
plan as He worked in the hearts of 
the three adults whoquietly had left 
a few dollar bills on the Leeches' 
room-divider counter. The next 
Sunday, a plate was quietly left 
on the counter and the custom of 
having a receptable at the door for 
voluntary offerings was begun. 
The Lord has honored that custom 
as the church continued to grow. 

Jonathan was cooperative and 
uncomplaining as he consented to 
have them use his bedroom. Early 
each Sunday morning, his bed 
would be dismantled and stored in 
his father's study. After Sunday 
school, the process was reversed. 
This continued for a year until the 
facilities of the newly opened 
Waimalu Elementary School be- 
came available. Our numbers were 
increasing and the move to the 
school was essential for spreading 
the Gospel. 

In October 1960, Ruth Gamboa 
came to assist the Leeches in the 
ministry for nearly two years. 

In 1961, as we were able to 
reach more people by using the 
school classrooms. Robert and 
Ellen Au were converted along with 
Connie Hinokuma, Cynthia Lopes 
Simafranca and the Araki family. 
An Ewa Beach church kindly 
loaned their facilities for our first 
baptismal service. 

At the church Christmas pro- 
gram, 180 jammed the schoolroom 
and adjacent walkway. The follow- 
ing year, more adults were coming 
to the church services. A midweek 
morning women's Bible study 
group was started in the Au's home 
with five women attending regu- 

(To be continued) 











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"As newborn babes, desire Ihe sincere milk of the 
* word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 

Msslonary birthdays 


(If no address is listed, check the July/August 1983 issue of 

Foreign Missions ECHOESJ 


Rev. Lynn Hoyt January 3 

Miss Alice Peacock January 5 

Mrs. Carolyn Robinson January 27 


Miss Lois Wilson January 5 

Dr. William Walker January 5 

Luke Skeen January 10, 1983 

Mr. Paul Kuns January 1 1 

Mrs. Beverly Garber January 22 


Rev. Kent Good January 12 

Jessica Griffith January 23, 1982 

Mrs. Becky Good January 24 


Rev. John Pappas January 13 

Lamar Peugh January 17, 1976 


Mrs. Susan Sharp January 7 


Dr. Harold Mason January 1 

Mrs. Dortha Dowdy January 27 

Mrs. Minnie Kennedy January 28 

Joy Inboden January 30, 1981 

c/o p. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Offering ©pportunity 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 

Goal: $9,000 
Send before December 10, 1983 

Please note, this offering period is during tfie Ttianl<sgiving Season, 
so also send in your . . . 

Thank Offering for Grace Brethren Jewish Missions. 
We suggest a minimum of $1 .50 a year per member. 
Send before December 10, 1983. 




"Are you packed? Are you ready?" 

This year we have moved twice. What fun! 
Boxes everywhere. Everything in a mess. 
Everyone is short on patience, especially me. 

The fellows come with the truck— will 
everything go on it? What about the plants? 
There's not enough room in the car, so on the 
truck they go. 

Then I remembered a chorus I used to sing: 
"Are you packed. Are you ready?" 

Jesus is coming soon. Matthew 24:36 says, 
"But of the day and hour knoweth no man, 
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father 

For that moving day I will not need to 
pack boxes! All I need to know is that I have 
accepted Jesus as my Saviour and I belong to 
God's family. This I did at Easter when I was 
nine years old. 

When Jesus returns at the rapture, I will go 
to be with Him and I will not take any earthly 
possessions with me. Things I felt were so im- 
portant here will not go with me. 

I need to study His Word daily to grow in 
Him. I want to serve Him and bring glory to 

Jesus means more to me than anyone. I 
love my husband and family very much, but 
I'm looking for Jesus to return soon! 

Then ... no more packing!— G/nnj/ Sellers, 
national WMC assistant secretary ■ 

— To plan for the new WMC year, the Colo- 
rado Springs (Colorado) WMC officers went to 
a Christian conference resort in the mountains. 
They spent the afternoon planning and praying. 
That evening, the rest of the WMC ladies from 
the church joined them for the evening meal, a 
program, and overnight retreat. The time was 
great, and fellowship and love abounded! 

— "Since we have four WMC groups in our 
church, we enjoy getting together about three 
times a year for craft night. We invite our older 
teenage girls, non-WMC members, and other 
guests. Teachers of the crafts are WMC mem- 
bers. It is amazing the talent you can find 
among your ladies! We have offered from six to 
twelve crafts a night, including: rug braiding, 
crocheting, candy making, cake decorating, 
quilting, candle wicking, macrame, and gift 
wrapping. What a great way to acquaint ladies 
with \NMC\"-Connie McCall, Kittanning, Penn- 

— The Indian Heights WMC in Kokomo, 
Indiana, made fabric-covered photo albums dur- 
ing a meeting. Between the steps of making 
them, they had their business meeting, Bible 
study, missions lesson, and prayer time. They 
were finished in two hours and the results were 
lovely! This WMC is planning to do the same 
thing this year and send the albums to mission- 

— For over 30 years the senior WMC of 
Everett, Pennsylvania, has taken an offering for 
our Navajo work. They call it the "Navajo Shoe 
Fund." It is taken in November and sent as a 
Christmas gift for the school children. What a 
good idea to show love to our Navajo children! ■ 




Becoming Involved In 
Christian Higher Bducationi 

by Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

President, Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary 

Did you know that it is possible for every member of a Grace Breth- 
ren church to become officially involved with the operation of a Chris- 
tian college and a theological seminary? It's true. There is a way 
whereby one can transform his interest in Christian education into 
genuine and meaningful participation. The method is membership in 
the Grace Schools Corporation. 

The Definition of Corporation 
Membership in Grace Schools 

Grace Schools, Incorporated, is the legal organi- 
zation which owns and operates Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary at Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The corporation accomplishes its purposes through an 
annual business meeting and by electing the board of 

Voting members in the Grace Schools Corpora- 
tion are individuals who have given twenty-five 
dollars ($25.00) or more during the year, and are 
members of a Grace Brethren church (FGBC). A gift 
of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more in any one 
year makes one eligible for life membership. 

The Advantage of This System 

The founders of Grace Schools wanted to make 
sure that the control of Grace would always reside in 
the hands of the persons who were committed to its 
purposes. By the system which was adopted, the 
Grace Brethren orientation was protected by requir- 
ing each corporation member to belong to a Gra